Another shake-up of breakfast television has just been announced with long-time Weekend Sunrise host Andrew O’Keefe announcing he’s leaving the show after 12 years.
Andrew will continue his full-time role as host on the quiz show The Chase Australia and will be involved in upcoming Seven projects.
The 46-year-old said he’s looking forward to having his weekends back and more time with the family.
“[But] as much as I love my WS family to bits, I think it's time to give the weekends back to my real family. There are many overdue camping trips and too many unseen soccer matches to catch up on,” he said about his departure.
“So, to all the beautiful people with whom it's been my profound pleasure to work, and to all the viewers who've been our friends for so long, thank you and adios. See you at the much more civilized hour of 5pm,” he continued.
Channel Seven will now be on the hunt for a new Weekend Sunrise co-host to take over, and the announcement will be made “in coming weeks”.
The news of Andrew’s decision comes just a month after Lisa Wilkinson abruptly left the Today show after Nine and her management couldn’t reach an agreement on her contract renewal. Lisa is heading to the Logie-Award winning program The Project, alongside Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar.
Georgie Gardner was ushered in as the new Today show replacement to sit alongside Karl Stefanovic in 2018. Deb Knight is currently filling in for her.