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Joe Hildebrand QUITS Studio 10: Tearful host breaks down live on air

Studio 10 panellist Joe Hildebrand has announced he is quitting the show live on air.

On Thursday, the 44-year-old broke down in tears as he revealed he had come to the difficult decision to depart the show after seven years of service following a ‘huge amount of thought’.

The presenter’s position on the morning talk show had been in discussion ever since Channel 10 announced their shocking budget cuts last month.

Joe’s Studio 10 co-hosts Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Natarsha Belling were one of the 25 staff members to fall victim to the cuts.

Addressing the uncertainty surrounding his own position on the show, Joe explained that he ‘wanted to rip the band-aid off and not make it harder than it has to be’.








'My time here has been wonderful': After seven years of service, Studio 10 panellist Joe Hildebrand has announced he is quitting the show live on air

‘My time here has been wonderful’: After seven years of service, Studio 10 panellist Joe Hildebrand has announced he is quitting the show live on air

Joe was joined by Kennerley as well as entertainment reporter Angela Bishop and journalist Sarah Harris when he announced his departure. 

A devastated Joe began: ‘I do have some news. I want to say it here first before you saw it or heard it anywhere else.

‘I am leaving Studio 10. I have given it a huge amount of thought. It’s been really hard, but also really lovely to be able to look back on all the things we have done.

‘We all know the show is getting a bit of a shake-up. Channel 10 and my lovely bosses asked me if I’d stay on in a new role. We talked about it openly and warmly about what that might look like.’  

Speaking of his bosses’ reaction when he told them he planned on leaving Studio 10, Joe added: ‘They’re really lovely about it, so don’t lash out at them!

‘I just thought, it’s probably just better to draw a line under this amazing little story that I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of.

'Time for the show to have a fresh start': On Thursday, the 44-year-old broke down in tears as he revealed he had come to the difficult decision to depart the show after seven years of service following a 'huge amount of thought'

‘Time for the show to have a fresh start’: On Thursday, the 44-year-old broke down in tears as he revealed he had come to the difficult decision to depart the show after seven years of service following a ‘huge amount of thought’

Longtime pals: Joe's 'work wife' Sarah Harris was overcome with emotion as she listened to Joe resign live on air

Longtime pals: Joe’s ‘work wife’ Sarah Harris was overcome with emotion as she listened to Joe resign live on air 

Taking matters into his own hands: Addressing the uncertainty surrounding his own position on the show, Joe explained that he 'wanted to rip the band-aid off quickly and not make it harder than it otherwise would be'

Taking matters into his own hands: Addressing the uncertainty surrounding his own position on the show, Joe explained that he ‘wanted to rip the band-aid off quickly and not make it harder than it otherwise would be’

‘[I want to] give the show a chance to breathe and have a fresh start without me hanging around.

‘With all painful things you want to rip the band-aid off quickly and not make it any harder than it otherwise would be.

‘It’s just been an amazing… I promise I wouldn’t use the word ‘journey’… but [it’s been] such an amazing time!’

Hanging in the balance: The presenter's position on the morning talk show had been in discussion ever since Channel 10 announced their shocking budget cuts last month

Hanging in the balance: The presenter’s position on the morning talk show had been in discussion ever since Channel 10 announced their shocking budget cuts last month

Welling up with emotion: Joe began tearing up as he gushed about his 'wonderful seven years' on the show, as well as his relationship with his 'work wife' Sarah Harris

Welling up with emotion: Joe began tearing up as he gushed about his ‘wonderful seven years’ on the show, as well as his relationship with his ‘work wife’ Sarah Harris

Emotional: Harris also broke down into tears upon hearing Joe's kinds words about her

Emotional: Harris also broke down into tears upon hearing Joe’s kinds words about her

Joe began tearing up as he gushed about his ‘wonderful seven years’ on the show, as well as his relationship with his ‘work wife’ Sarah Harris. 

Harris also broke down into tears upon hearing Joe’s kinds words about her.

Despite the emotional news, Joe’s reassured viewers that he was ‘talking to other people about some exciting work opportunities’. 

Noting that there was a ‘light at the end of the tunnel for him’, Joe announced his plans to help others across the country who had been left ‘absolutely smashed’ after losing their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Helping hand: Sarah rushed over to give Joe a tissue and an assuring pat on the hand after he welled up with tears

Helping hand: Sarah rushed over to give Joe a tissue and an assuring pat on the hand after he welled up with tears 

Despite the emotional news, Joe's reassured viewers that he was 'talking to other people about some exciting work opportunities'

Despite the emotional news, Joe’s reassured viewers that he was ‘talking to other people about some exciting work opportunities’

'I will fight for them': Noting that there was a 'light at the end of the tunnel for him', Joe announced his plans to help others across the country who had been left 'absolutely smashed' after losing their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic

‘I will fight for them’: Noting that there was a ‘light at the end of the tunnel for him’, Joe announced his plans to help others across the country who had been left ‘absolutely smashed’ after losing their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Just last week, Joe revealed Studio 10 was set to dramatically change.

‘Look we are in talks, they’re rejigging the show a bit and it’s all been very civil and very lovely,’ Joe said, discussing his future with the morning program.

‘And they’ve offered me a new role and we’re sort of talking about what that might be.’

He clarified: ‘It would be a new role on Studio 10, but I think it’s already out there Studio 10 will be a different show.’

Last month, Joe’s fellow panellists Kerri-Anne and Natarsha were made redundant from the show along with 25 other staff members.   

'Look we are in talks, they're rejigging the show a bit': Just last week, Joe revealed Studio 10 was set to dramatically change

‘Look we are in talks, they’re rejigging the show a bit’: Just last week, Joe revealed Studio 10 was set to dramatically change

Axed: Last month, Joe's fellow panellists Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Natarsha Belling [pictured] were made redundant from the show along with 25 other staff members

Axed: Last month, Joe’s fellow panellists Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Natarsha Belling [pictured] were made redundant from the show along with 25 other staff members

On Saturday, the network announced that professional dancer Tristan MacManus would be joining the show as a host alongside Sarah Harris.

A day earlier, Ten confirmed Sarah, Narelda and Angela will remain on the show in a statement to media industry newsletter Social Diary.

‘Network 10 has confirmed that Sarah Harris, Narelda Jacobs and Angela Bishop will remain an integral part of the Studio 10 team with further announcements soon,’ it read.

‘Denise Drysdale, Craig Bennett, Jono Coleman and other regulars will continue as special contributors,’ the statement added, noting that the show will continue to air weekdays from 8am to 12pm.

New addition: On Saturday, the network announced that professional dancer Tristan MacManus would be joining the show as a host alongside Sarah Harris

New addition: On Saturday, the network announced that professional dancer Tristan MacManus would be joining the show as a host alongside Sarah Harris

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