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The Project is about to lose a beloved presenter as she announces her shock exit after 10 years on the show

We'll miss you Gorgi!

By Catie Powers
We're about to be seeing a new face on The Project after one of the regular panelists announced their sudden departure from the Channel 10 show.
In a move no one saw coming, presenter Gorgi Coghlan revealed she will be leaving the show after 10 years behind the desk.
Taking to her Instagram, the 45-year-old shared a series of images from the desk over the years, alongside the likes of original host Charlie Pickering, Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly, Dave Hughes and more.
Gorgi Coghlan has announced she is leaving The Project after 10 years. Instagram
Gorgi accompanied the images with a heartfelt caption reflecting on her time with Channel Ten.
"SOME NEWS: After a lot of reflecting I've made the big decision to step away from @theprojecttv," Gorgi began her statement.
"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."
She went on to say that, throughout her career, she has "always known and felt when it's time to leap into the unknown to discover new adventures".
The Masked Singer alum listed some of her greatest accomplishments while sitting at the Project desk, from "interview(ing) Prime Ministers, super stars and incredible humans who have faced tragic circumstances".
After thanking the "creative" and "hard working" production team and makeup and wardrobe staff, Gorgi gave a special shoutout to her fellow presenters Peter Helliar, Carrie Bickmore and Lisa Wilkinson for their "support, kindness and friendship" over the years.
"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! 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," Gorgi wrote.
Waleed Aly also got a mention in her goodbye post.
"Waleed. I feel so lucky to have shared this chapter with you. Your grace, intelligence, wisdom and gentleness inspire me," the professional singer wrote.
To end her statement, Gorgi thanked The Project's creator Craig Campbell, as well as the viewers of the program, whom she described as the "heart and soul" of the 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.
"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 xxx."
Gorgi reminisced on all the people she's worked with and interviewed during her stint on the show. Instagram
The post was soon inundated with messages of support from Gorgi's coworkers and industry pals.
Lisa Wilkinson was front and centre, calling the presenter "as classy as it gets".
"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. Xxxx."
Celebrity Apprentice winner Shaynna Blaze was also evident in the comments, wishing Gorgi luck on her next adventure.
"Congratulations Georgie on ten incredible years. Leaving in a high and leaving with excitement for things ahead. I know that feeling & the sadness that goes with it too. Here's to leaping into the unknown with faith and joy."
Lisa Wilkinson called Gorgi "as classy as it gets". Instagram
Dr. Chris Brown added his voice of support to the mix, penning, "A classy, accomplished and joyous professional. You'll be missed @gorgicoghlan. Can't wait for the next chapter."
And Sunrise weatherman Sam Mac, who has shared a desk with the presenter a few times, called Gorgi the "perfect balance of professional & silly" as he wrote, "Hope to share a desk (or any inanimate object really) with you sometime soon. Onward & upward".
Gorgi first joined The Project when she was pregnant with her daughter Molly Rose as a fill-in presenter for Carrie Bickmore. In 2015, when Carrie went on maternity leave, Gorgi acted as her replacement.
And now she's off to try new things! Considering she's a woman of many talents, the world really is her oyster.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, New Idea.

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