It’s like a celebrity version of musical chairs.
Now, after days of speculation, the Australian Radio Network has confirmed Hall’s replacement — announcing that Meshel Laurie will be joining the breakfast show.
In an interesting twist, Chrissie Swan has announced she will join Nova as Laurie leaves the network.
Comedian and radio/TV personality Laurie, who’s currently working for Melbourne’s hit radio station Nova 100, will replace Jane Hall as an on-air partner to Tilley next year.
“As has been widely speculated this weekend, ARN are pleased to confirm that Meshel Laurie will be joining Matt Tilley as the new 2016 Breakfast host for KIIS 101.1 Melbourne,” the network said in a statement yesterday.
“Meshel fills the Breakfast co-host position with the departure of Jane Hall.”
Mother-of-two Laurie, who has been with Nova Entertainment since 2005, currently co-hosts Nova 100’s Melbourne breakfast radio show, Meshel & Tommy alongside comedian Tommy Little.
Predictably, some fans have taken to social media to express their surprise and disappointment at her departure from Nova.
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Others have questioned why Hall had to leave KIIS FM so soon, after only starting on Matt & Jane in January.
“Jane Hall has been dumped while the single mother is on holidays,” Page 13 remarked on the development.
It also suggested there had been “growing concern about the on and off-air frosty tension… between Hall and new breakfast co-host Matt Tilley.”