'I’ve really struggled': Jess Rowe on life after Studio 10 exit

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Jessica Rowe has shared how she's struggled since leaving Studio 10 three years ago, admitting it was the "best job I've ever had".

The presenter appeared on The Real Dirty Dancing, released her book Diary of a Crap Housewife and has been working as a mental health advocate and an events MC.

Jessica Rowe has revealed what life has been like after leaving 'the best job' she ever had in Studio 10. Photo: Getty
Jessica Rowe has revealed what life has been like after leaving 'the best job' she ever had in Studio 10. Photo: Getty

However, with the coronavirus pandemic shutting down a lot of events, Jessica has revealed work has disappeared before her eyes.

"Well, I gotta be honest in my professional life, it's been pretty crap," she told news.com.au's podcast How to be Happy.

"A lot of my work has gone, it’s disappeared because a lot of my work has been talking to people, hosting events, advocating for mental health but doing that with people, with an audience."

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"It’s been hard and like so many other people you do have to reinvent yourself and I think for me I’ve tried very much through my whole life, it’s been a series of reinventions."

She added, "But I’ve really struggled this year because what I thrive on is people, is connecting with people, having conversations."

With much of her work focused on mental health advocacy and event MCing, 2020 was a tough one for Jessica who lost much of her work. Photo: Instagram/JessicaRowe
With much of her work focused on mental health advocacy and event MCing, 2020 was a tough one for Jessica who lost much of her work. Photo: Instagram/JessicaRowe

Jessica added she is trying to look at the positives and that life is how we respond to what happens around us that's beyond our control.

Speaking of Studio 10, the host said it was "the best job" she's ever had and decided to leave when she realised she wasn't totally happy doing it anymore.

She added she knew it was the right time to leave because she listened to her heart.

Jessica announced she would be leaving the show on air, telling viewers, "After much soul searching and discussions with my family, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave Studio 10."

"Studio 10 has been the best job I have ever had in media and it has been an absolute privilege to be with the show for more than four years," she said.

Jessica said she's trying to look at the positives and that life is how we respond to what happens around us that's beyond our control. Photo: Instagram/Jessica Rowe
Jessica said she's trying to look at the positives and that life is how we respond to what happens around us that's beyond our control. Photo: Instagram/Jessica Rowe

"Thank you to the team for believing in me and giving me such an incredible opportunity to find my voice and confidence again."

After leaving the show in 2018, Jessica told Yahoo Lifestyle that it was "one of the hardest decisions" she's had to make.

"Like any big decision in our lives, it takes time and we weigh up the pros and cons and you write lists and talk endlessly to those closest to you then like anything, you go, enough with the talking, make a decision.

"For me, I feel lighter, I’ve grown taller," she admitted.

"I just feel I’m relishing in feeling less of a grumpy mum and I’m just happier. That’s why I feel lighter. I’m just happy."

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