The Project: Sarah Harris revealed as Channel 10 show's new host
One of the most asked questions in TV has been answered as The Project announces Sarah Harris is set to replace Carrie Bickmore in 2023.
Speculation has been rife over who will replace Carrie, with Sarah set to join the panel five nights a week, from Sunday to Thursday next year.
"I’m beyond excited to be joining one of Australia’s most iconic and agenda-driving shows," Sarah said in a statement. "The Project does news like no other program in Australia and it’s exactly the kind of fun and fearless TV I love to make."
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Sarah, who has hosted Studio 10 since 2013, will join Waleed Aly, who will host from Monday to Thursday.
Alongside Waleed and Sarah, Hamish Macdonald will continue to report from around the country and appear on the show every Friday and Sunday night. Georgie Tunny will also appear on the show on Friday nights.
"I can’t wait to share the desk with Waleed, Hamish, Georgie and the rest of the team," Sarah added. "I’m excited to shake it up in the new year!"
Waleed added of Sarah, "She’s smart. She’s warm. She’s great fun. That’s the trifecta for The Project. Everyone who’s worked with Sarah raves about her, and I can’t wait to become one of them."
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Prominent Australian entertainment reporter Peter Ford told Yahoo Lifestyle Sarah Harris was a "great choice" to replace Carrie.
"Getting Sarah Harris is a great get for them," he said.
"She's been presenting Studio 10, which is a long-haul show, and she copes really well. I have no doubt she'll be more than competent on The Project desk.
"She won't be dominated by the woke brigade, she's a reasonable and calm journalist – she's an excellent choice."
Fans agreed with one user tweeting, "Great choice. Sarah is so down to earth with a sense of humour."
"Yay, she’s fun!" another added, while a third wrote, "Good job, glad she’s going to The Project - she’s wasted on Studio 10."
The Project Executive Producer, Chris Bendall, said: "Sarah is a journalist and presenter at the top of her game and I am so excited to work with her. Her intelligence, insight and sense of humour makes her the perfect host for The Project as we launch a re-energised show for 2023.
“The Project’s unique blend of news and entertainment is its strength and with Sarah joining Waleed on the desk we will keep delivering the show viewers have come to know and trust."
Network 10 Executive Producer, Tamara Simoneau, said: "The Project desk has been home to some of this country’s most incredible broadcasters since its inception, so it makes sense that Sarah now joins the ranks.
“Her years on the road as a reporter at various networks and her almost decade-long stint hosting Studio 10 have prepared her for this next chapter in her career. Her warmth, openness and huge heart have endeared her to audiences, not to mention that killer sense of humour.
"Sarah joining Waleed at the helm of The Project marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the show.”
The network also teased that there will be "more exciting announcements" coming soon.
The announcement comes following Carrie Bickmore, Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Helliar announcing their exits from the show.
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