Rebecca Maddern 'on the verge' of signing with Seven after shock Nine exit
Rebecca Maddern announced last month that she would be leaving her role on Weekend Today and Australian Ninja Warrior after working with Channel Nine for five and a half years, but it seems as though she may have found her next role.
The 44-year-old is reportedly "on the verge of" signing a deal with Seven, where she had previously worked from 2002 to 2016.
It's believed Rebecca will receive a promotion to newsreader for Melbourne's 6pm weekend news team alongside co-anchor Mike Amor, according to The Australian.
Seven is reportedly hoping that Rebecca will attract a female audience after the Melbourne weekend news bulletin slipped behind Nine's.
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It's also believed that Rebecca will be involved in Seven's sport and current affairs coverage.
Ben Fordham, who co-hosted Australian Ninja Warrior with Rebecca, revealed on the You Cannot Be Serious podcast last week that he believed she would return to Channel Seven.
"I'll make this prediction, and I want to stress that she did not tell me this, but I'd say she'll turn up at Channel Seven," he said. "She'll return to Channel Seven. That'd be my tip. It'll be Channel Seven... or Channel 10. I can't imagine Bec at the ABC or SBS."
He said that he didn't think she'd be a free agent for long and that another TV network would snap her up while she was available.
"Rebecca's not going to be sitting there on the sidelines for too long. She'll turn up somewhere else."
It comes after Ben took to Instagram to share a story of a time the pair had an argument.
"Bye Bec. Having a few drinks with @rebeccamaddern as we farewell her from Channel 9," he began, alongside an image of the pair smiling at the camera.
"We were thrown together on Ninja Warrior and became instant buddies. She said 'if you’re married to @jodiespeers you can’t be that bad' and we just hit it off."
He continued, saying they worked "really crazy hours and both had the odd meltdown".
"One day we had an argument and I left in a bit of a huff. About 8 mins later she called me and said 'okay this has gone on long enough' and we laughed ourselves silly. She’s a super talented performer and can do absolutely anything. Good luck with the next adventure, Bec. We love you."
Rebecca said she was "extremely proud" of her work at Nine in a statement about leaving the network, "I’ve had so many career highlights at Nine and hosting the juggernaut, Australian Ninja Warrior, has been a thrill for the past five years," she told the Herald Sun.
"I’m sad to leave my Today Show and tennis colleagues as well, but I’m excited about what’s next.
"I’m also extremely proud of playing a role in helping to change the broadcast landscape for women in sport after hosting the AFL footy show."
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