Charlie Pickering has announced that he is leaving Channel Ten’s The Project, as he is set to become a father.
The TV host and comedian explained that his time on the nightly show was coming to an end as he and his wife, Sarah Krasnostein, are expecting their first child.
Making the announcement on-air, Pickering described The Project as an “incredible ride”.
He said: “I will miss working with Carrie Bickmore, Pete Helliar and all of our regulars. I will miss having my hair maintained by a team of professionals.
“Our show has been able to provide a voice to many in our community who go unnoticed. And of that I am immensely proud.”
Pickering has been with the show since it began in 2009, sharing the desk with Carrie Bickmore and Dave Hughes.
The news of his departure comes just months after fellow original host Hughes left the show due to family commitments and a desire to pursue other interest. Hughes was replaced by comedian and former Rove regular Peter Helliar at the start of this year.
Pickering’s final day with the show will be April 7.