Q&A host Hamish Macdonald is leaving the ABC after 18 months in the job….
Q&A host Hamish Macdonald is leaving the ABC after 18 months in the job.
Gorgi Coghlan, who has been a regular co-host on The Project for more than a decade, has announced she is quitting the Channel 10 program.
The 45-year-old TV journalist, who covered for Carrie Bickmore while she was on maternity leave and has been a fill-in co-host and panellist over the years, took to Instagram to reveal she had decided to step back and focus on new adventures.
“It hasn’t been an easy decision but after 10 YEARS on this wonderful show I feel that it’s time,” Coghlan wrote alongside a series of photos of herself with her colleagues.
“I first started hosting the show when I was pregnant with our daughter Molly-Rose. Over 10 years I’ve (mainly!) laughed, shed tears, interviewed Prime Ministers, super stars and incredible humans who have face tragic circumstances.
“Moving on is hard. It’s scary and takes a leap of faith, but it’s the only way I know what the universe has in store for me and for me to keep reaching new heights. Here’s to the next chapter and whatever that brings.”
During her time at Network 10, Coghlan co-hosted the Logie Award winning show The Circle between 2010 and 2012, while also starring as a contestant on The Masked Singer in 2019.
Coghlan and her husband, Simon, launched a luxury boutique hotel The Provincial Hotel and its adjoining Lola restaurant in Ballarat in late 2018, and is understood to be stepping away to pour her energy into reopening as Victoria emerges from lockdown.
Of her decision to open a hotel, Coghlan told Home Beautiful in 2019, “The luxury market is growing. Simon and I saw an opportunity to grow that market in Ballarat through boutique accommodation and an adjoining restaurant offering fantastic quality food and wine.”
Coghlan went on to thank her co-stars in her farewell announcement, including Bickmore, Waleed Aly, Peter Hellier and Lisa Wilkinson.
“Pete, how lucky I’ve been to work with you on the desk where you never failed to make me laugh so hard every single show!,” Coghlan wrote.
“An extra special thank you to my partner in crime on the desk and the person who I’ve spent the most working hours with over the past ten years, Waleed. I feel so lucky to have shared this chapter with you. Your grace, intelligence, wisdom and gentleness inspires me.”
Coghlan’s departure comes as Hamish Macdonald, who left the ABC’s Q&A after 18 months at the helm, is set to return to hosting duties on The Sunday Project and The Project on Friday nights.