News Corp reports the 36-year-old new mum was called by Seven News boss Craig McPherson nine weeks after giving birth and was told that her contract would not be renewed, despite her belief that she would be returning to the role upon coming back to work.
Herald Sun also reports that when McPherson broke the news, he explained that Cummins’ casual contract had ended, despite the journalist having been in the role for three years.
In August last year, Cummins gave birth to her first child, Oliver, with her husband Ben Lucas.
Since she left for maternity leave, Cummins’ role on Weekend Sunrise has been filled by returning US correspondent Angela Cox.
Instead, she was offered a temporary role reading the weekday news at 5am. However the role was not conducive to the new mum’s family life, with her husband, co-founder of Flow Athletic, working the same early morning hours.
The news comes after Cummins appeared on Australian Story to reveal her struggle with alcoholism in October.