Channel 10 wasted no time filling one of the soon-to-be-empty seats The project following the exodus of three presenters.
The network has announced that Sarah Harris, from Studio 10, will be the new host replacing longtime host Carrie Bickmore.
Bickmore’s final episode is this Wednesday after running the show for 13 years since it began in 2009.
In a statement, Harris said she was excited to take on “one of the biggest and best jobs on TV.”
“How can I say no?” she said.
“I am beyond excited to be taking part in one of Australia’s most iconic motor shows.
“The project does news like no other program in Australia and it’s just the kind of fun and fearless TV I love to make.
“I can’t wait to share the desk with Waleed, Hamish, Georgie and the rest of the team. I’m excited to shake it up in the new year!”
Harris has been one of the co-hosts of the Studio 10 breakfast program since its debut in 2013.
Channel Ten said she had more than 20 years of experience in journalism, covering major events such as the 2012 London Olympics, the Christchurch earthquake and the Black Saturday bushfires.
“She’s interviewed everyone from rock stars to royalty, and having hosted Studio 10 since its launch in 2013, she’s certainly no stranger to the thrills and spills of live TV,” the network said.
Hamish Macdonald continues to report from the road and desk every Friday and Sunday night.
Reporter and producer Georgie Tunny will add co-hosting to her duties on Friday.
Co-presenter Waleed Aly said Harris had what it takes to take part in the programme.
“She’s smart. She’s hot. She’s very nice,” he said.
That’s the trifecta for it The project. Everyone who has worked with Sarah raves about her, and I can’t wait to become one of them.”
Harris will be on the program five nights a week.
She steps into the role after two big layoffs this week.
Lisa Wilkinson announced her shock departure Sunday night citing “toxicity” and then comedian Peter Helliar announced his decision Tuesday night.