Mel Doyle, classy as ever.
Melissa Doyle has copped a lot of flak since announcing her departure from popular brekky TV program Sunrise two years ago.
First there was speculation she was ousted for being past her prime and coming across as “too maternal” or something.
Then there was talk that she retaliated by losing weight in a mid-life makeover, a move that apparently led to career regeneration.
But really, according to Mel Doyle, she left off her own bat.
The former Sunrise co-host says she had to “hold her head high” as “unpleasant” rumours about her were bandied about in the media when she left the morning show two years ago.
Even now – after scoring an enviable role as host of Channel 7’s Sunday Night – the rumour mill still credits the news presenter’s ‘comeback’ to her weight loss, rather than her talent.
Doyle told News Limited she left her early morning gig to try her hand at something else.
“I left Sunrise because I was ready to do something new and the network backed me,” she said.
“From the very first moment, I knew that we could find something that would work, so I never lost faith.”
There were also rumours that producers had ditched the 45-year-old viewer favourite ‘Mel’ for a younger Samantha Armytage because of her age and perceived ‘mumsy’ persona.