After finishing up his role on Network Ten's Studio 10 in September, Joe Hildebrand has appeared on their rival network Seven's The Morning Show.
The 44-year-old appeared on the show with Kylie Gillies and Matt Doran as a contributor during the What’s the Buzz? segment where he spoke about lockdowns and domestic border closures as well as the age old debate about how early is too early to put the Christmas tree and decorations up.
Joe shared an excited snap of himself on The Morning Show couch with Caroline Overington and wrote, "Back on the @morningshowon7 today with the magnificent @caroline_overington. Tune in now!"
One fan commented, "Oh joe joe soooo happy to see your face. You made my day. I watch this show know due to what happen. Love to all your family."
"It was so good to see you back on TV Joe," another said.
"Just saw you on ch 7 Joe!! So good to see you back on telly!! You look happy," someone else added.
"Where he belongs," another said.
One fan wrote on The Morning Show's Facebook page, "Looking great Joe! Freshened up & ready to rock!"
Joe decided to leave Studio 10 in September, rather than taking on a reduced role with less pay.
It came after his colleagues Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Natarsha Belling were made redundant as the network was forced to cut costs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Joe broke down in tears as he made the announcement he was leaving after seven years on the show.
“I’ve given it a huge amount of thought, it’s been really hard but also really lovely to look back on all the wonderful things we’ve done,” he said, causing his colleagues Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Angela Bishop and Sarah Harris to audibly gasp.
Joe asked viewers not to ‘lash out’ at Channel 10, explaining that his ‘lovely bosses’ were keen to keep him on in a new role but it was his decision to leave the network.
“I thought it was better to draw a line under this amazing little story... and give the new show, whatever it might look like, the chance to breathe and have a fresh start without me hanging around,” he said.
When addressing the viewers directly he began to choke up, saying that they were ‘wonderful’ and that he ‘loved them all’.
“It’s been a wonderful seven years,” he added.
At this point, Sarah Harris, who joined Studio 10 alongside Joe in 2013, broke down in tears prompting Joe to reach out and hold her hand across the desk.
“Sarah’s my best friend, my work-wife, we’ve been through all this since the very beginning,” he managed to say.
In what could be seen as a nod to Keri-Anne’s axing, Joe went on to reiterate that his resignation was voluntary.
“I’ve very lucky, I made this decision of my own accord and I’ve got other stuff that I can do,” he said.
He also pledged to ‘stick up for the little guy’ in whatever new role he takes on, “I will always make sure they are at the front of everything I do and fight for,” he said.
He then said a final farewell as his co-hosts all wiped away tears.
The following week, Joe announced he would be joining 2GB where he’ll be appearing on John Stanley’s hourly evening program from Thursday.
“Absolutely thrilled to announce I will be joining 2GB, starting tonight with my old mate John Stanley,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of a Daily Telegraph article about his career change.
“Can’t wait to hear from you every Thursday at 8pm. Call us on the open line (I always wanted to say that!) 131 873,” he added.
With additional reporting by Gillian Wolski.
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