Television presenter Jessica Rowe made her return to program Studio 10 on Monday, just over one year since her emotional departure from the daytime talk show.
The 48-year-old was full of smiles on Monday morning as she joined panellists Joe Hildebrand, Denise Drysdale and Kerri-Anne Kennerley to discuss her brand new book – just hours after making a shock appearance on her previous programme the Today Show.
The star was interviewed by Deb Knight and Georgie Gardner on Today about her lack of cooking skills, several years after she exited the show following highly publicised tension with then-CEO Eddie McGuire.
Speaking to the Studio 10 hosts about the experience, Jessica said she was welcomed with open arms to the program, despite her tumultuous past with her former show following the now infamous “boning incident”.
Jessica famously clashed with McGuire during her time on the show in 2006/7, amid claims McGuire had wanted to sack her just a year into her stint on it. He allegedly said to a colleague at the time: “What are we gonna do about Jessica? When should we bone her? I reckon it should be next week.”
McGuire always denied using the term at the time, but his former colleague Mark Llewellyn signing an affidavit to say he did.
Jessica has now admitted she was a little nervous before returning to Today, revealing she did “a nervous poo” before going on.
Kerri-Anne later made reference to the dispute between Jess and McGuire on the show today, to which Jess joked: “We mute him, Kerri-Anne, before the news comes on.”
Elsewhere, Jess, who is a self-confessed “crap housewife” thanks to her terrible cooking abilities, farewelled Studio 10 in March last year to spend more quality time with her family.
Appearing on the popular show for a one-off appearance, Jessica revealed that “life is good” and said she feels “blessed” to have spent some much needed time with her two daughters Allegra and Giselle.
After stepping away from the limelight, the journalist focused her free time on writing her fourth book, Diary of a Crap Housewife, which focuses on family and her lack of cooking expertise, even offering up recipes at the end of each chapter.
Speaking about her openness in her book on Monday’s episode of the morning program, Jessica said it was “freeing” to share her life experiences.
“I think in life generally though more and more, the older I get, I’ll be 49 in a few months time, I care less about things… it’s so lovely,” she explained.
“There is so much power in being vulnerable and opening yourself up because it then gives other people around you permission to be open. And let’s face it, we are all flawed, we all have stuff, we are all doing our best.”
The presenter added: “For goodness sake, let’s cut the expectation of one another and say you know what we are all good enough, we are all fantastic.”
That wasn’t the only thing Jessica experienced during her hiatus. The mother-of-two, who isn’t shy in showcasing her terrible cooking skills, also explained how she has learnt to cook a new meal with ease.
Jessica revealed her creative way to cook hamburger patties that won’t leave them raw on the inside, as she admitted would happen regularly in her home.
“I learnt if I sear them in the pan and then you bake them in the middle they’re not raw,” she said.
Adding: “I only discovered on Saturday night there’s a timer on it [the oven]. There was this thing beeping… it was the timer on the oven.”