After shocking Studio 10 viewers on Friday morning when she announced she would be leaving the show to support her family, Jessica Rowe is feeling the love.
“Today is Friday! Friday is rose – and new beginning!!! Thank YOU for all your beautiful messages of love and support,” the 47-year-old journalist posted on Instagram.
Rowe’s last day on air will be on March 30.
“It’s something that I need to do. It’s as simple as that. [Her husband and Nine news anchor Peter Overton] and I have spoken a lot about this over the past six months and it’s weighed on me because this is a job that I love. It’s the best job I’ve ever had on television. It is family and it’s been a job that has allowed me to find my voice and my courage again and I will never ever forget that,” she said live on Friday morning’s show.
“I’ve decided to leave Studio 10 and why I’ve decided to do this decision, it’s been a very hard thing for me to do, but it’s because my family need me. And I, as I said, it’s been difficult. I want to be more present, I want to be a more present mum for my girls, Allegra and Giselle. They need their mum and I want to be there in the mornings for them, take them to school, do canteen duty – heaven help them with the sandwiches.
“Most importantly, I’m just looking forward to being with my family and being present for them and doing the best possible job that I can. I love you all.”
This move marks the next chapter in what has so far been a wide ranging and headline-making career for Rowe.