The Today Show’s gossip guru, Richard Reid has taken to social media to tell fans that he is leaving the show after seven years.
The Hollywood-based celebrity insider said, “my time with the Today Team has been one of the wildest and most rewarding of my career”.
“I’ll be gone from the airwaves for now, but certainly not gone for long! 2015 will be full of surprises!”
Reid says he’ll be pursuing opportunities in Australia and the US. He told news.com.au that he’d look at moving to Australia in the future: “I could see myself in future years maybe hosting a talk show or a game show,” he said.
On Twitter, Reid also denied rumour he could be joining Ten’s upcoming I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
Reid, and his signature bright shirts, are big favourites with fans. They’ve been sharing their disappointment on Facebook and Twitter.
Reid’s departure comes close on the heels of that of Emma Freedman, who was shown the door by Today at the end of last year, citing cost cuts.
It’s not immediately clear whether Reid’s departure is another cost cutting measure, but Today Show Executive Producer, Mark Calvert has said Reid would not be replaced.
“You can’t replace the irreplaceable. He’s one of a kind,” he said.
His legion of fans will attest to that.