Melissa Doyle, the popular co-host of Channel 7’s hugely popular breakfast television program Sunrise has announced this morning that she’s leaving the show.
Doyle – affectionately known by her team and fans as Mel – has been a part of the Sunrise team for around 12 years and will be missed by many fans.
She has confirmed that she’s been offered a new opportunity for the network on prime time and will no doubt be pretty excited to have the chance to sleep in for the first time in more than a decade.
Doyle will cover major events, including the birth of the royal baby, for the network.
Doyle told Sunrise viewers she has loved every minute of her time with the show and paid tribute to her co-host and friend David Koche. She posted the following statement on her Facebook page this morning:
For nearly 15 of the past 17 years, my alarm clock has gone off at 3.15am. I’ve spent three quarters of my professional life doing breakfast television. And I’ve LOVED every minute of it.
I’ve been offered a great opportunity to front a new, prime time Network News initiative. I decided it was time to take on a new challenge and so it is with great sadness that I announce I will be leaving Sunrise.
I can honestly say that the team I’ve worked with at Sunrise over the last 12 years in particular have been like a second family. You cannot spend your working hours with people you don’t like or respect and you cannot fake the camaraderie, respect and empathy we all have for each other. And that includes all the on-air and off air team that work to put this show together each day.
I don’t want to list all the people I’d like to thank for their help and support – but I do want to thank Kochie. He’s been my partner, supporter, confidante, and friend. I’ll miss working alongside him each day.
When Sunrise started again in 2002, not many people were watching. We were the upstart and not taken seriously by anyone – and certainly not our rivals. I am proud to say that over the ensuing years, we collectively built the show to be a fun, entertaining and informative way for so many households in Australia to start their day. It’s been a privilege to have hosted it and be invited into your homes.
So whilst its goodbye from breakfast television, its not goodbye from Seven. I’ll be part of new and exciting programs in the not too distant future. And I cannot wait.
I’m heading off on annual leave for a few weeks this weekend and then I’ll be reporting from London for the birth of the new Royal baby.
After that I’ll be back on the Sunrise couch before saying farewell from brekky TV, although you’ll still see me when the big stories break.
Thank you to each and every viewer who tuned in each morning – for laughing with us, laughing at us and turning to us for your morning news fix.
Thanks for watching and see you all again in a few weeks.