The Project's Gorgi Coghlan announces she's leaving after 10 years: 'It's time'

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TV host Gorgi Coghlan has announced she's leaving The Project after 10 years on the show.

Taking to Instagram, the 45-year-old shared it wasn't an "easy decision" to leave the role, she wrote, "SOME NEWS: After a lot of reflecting I've made the big decision to step away from @theprojecttv. 

Gorgi Coghlan on The Project with Waleed Aly
Gorgi Coghlan has made the difficult decision to leave her role on The Project after 10 years with the show. Photo: Instagram/Gorgi Coghlan

"It hasn't been an easy decision but after 10 YEARS on this wonderful show I feel that it's time. I really love broadcasting and I've missed it this year.

"Throughout my career I've always known and felt when it's time to leap into the unknown to discover new adventures. I leave with so much gratitude for what @theprojecttv has given me."

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She continued, "I first started hosting the show when I was pregnant with our daughter Molly-Rose. Over 10 years I've (mainly!) laughed, shed tears, interviewed Prime Ministers, super stars and incredible humans who have faced tragic circumstances. I've had the absolute joy of working with the most creative, hard working production team who give their all every day, and the generous and magical make up and wardrobe staff (who literally work miracles!)."

She then gave shoutouts to Peter Hellier, Carrie Bickmore, Lisa Wilkinson and all of her co-hosts over the years for their "support, kindness and friendship".

Gorgi Coughlan and Carrie Bickmore on The Project desk
Gorgi wrote that it was time to take a "leap into the unknown to discover new adventures". Photo: Instagram/Gorgi Coghlan

"Pete, how lucky I've been to work with you on the desk where you never failed to make me laugh so hard every single show!" she wrote. "An extra special thank you to my partner in crime on the desk and the person who I've spent the most working hours with over the past ten years, Waleed [Aly]. I feel so lucky to have shared this chapter with you. Your grace, intelligence, wisdom and gentleness inspire me."

Gorgi also thanked Craig Campbell, who created the show and "believed in me from the start".

"Finally, a HUGE thank you to the viewers who are the heart and soul and most important part of this show, I’ve always felt the love and support from you and YOU are the reason I love broadcasting. To connect us all to each other," she said.

The presenter finished by saying, "Moving on is hard. It's scary and takes a leap of faith, but it's the only way I know what the universe has in store for me and for me to keep reaching new heights. So here goes! Here's to the next chapter and whatever magic that brings."

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She then gave shoutouts to Waleed Aly, Peter Hellier, Carrie Bickmore, Lisa Wilkinson and all of her co-hosts over the years for their "support, kindness and friendship". Photo: Instagram/Tommy Little

Carrie commented on the post, writing, "Go get em girl, love you loads."

Lisa added, "We are going to miss you so much Gorgi…you are as classy as it gets, and the light and love you bring to everything you do is an inspiration. But I know that whatever you do next, it will be amazing. Here’s to 15 years of our beautiful friendship, and to 30 more."

Marc Fennell added, "Big loss for all viewers. You’re such a pro with a huge heart that shows on the screen. Will be missed. All the best."

Speaking with the Daily Mail, Gorgi said she's "working on a couple of projects" and is focusing on her boutique hotel in Ballarat.

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