Grant Denyer’s breakfast radio show axed from station amid ratings slump

Grant Denyer's breakfast program with Ash London and Ed Kavalee has been cut from the station. Source: Getty

There’s more bad news for Grant Denyer this week, following months of health battles, as his popular morning radio program is axed from its slot with Southern Cross Austereo.

The Ed, Grant and Ash Show will soon be no more, with the station announcing it’s time for the Ed, Grant and Ash Show on Sydney’s 2Day FM to go. In a statement released on Thursday to multiple news outlets, head of the Hit Network Gemma Fordham thanked the three for their time on the program and explained their new roles with the station. She said instead of tuning in to hear discussions between the three, the time slot will be filled just with music as people across the country make their way to work.

“Our promise to Sydney is an exciting and upbeat breakfast alternative for Sydneysiders on their morning commute where they can expect us to play just music for breakfast,” Fordham reportedly explained. “A huge thank you must go to our breakfast show team, Grant, Ed and Ash, for the past 18 months – they are absolute professionals, have been a true delight to work with and have contributed to a culture of fun, community and inclusiveness we are proud of at 2Day.”

Fordham went on to say how while they have decided to cut the program, it will not be the end of the three on radio with their voices heard on different shows. “Ash London will continue to host Ash London Live nationally from 6.30pm weeknights,” she continued. “Ed Kavalee will continue to fill in for Kate Langbroek, who is enjoying the European summer with her young family, with Hughesy from 4.30pm. Grant Denyer will continue making appearances around the network. From Monday, 2Day’s Music from Breakfast will be played by Jamie Angel, who returns to the 2Day airwaves.”

Meanwhile, competing radio host Kyle Sandilands had a comment for the three on their departure from the program, taking to Twitter with a short message. Commenting on the cut of the show, the Kyle and Jackie O Show host wrote: “Another one bits the dust #seeya.”

The announcement comes amid a ratings slump with viewer numbers dropping dramatically below competing radio programs including the Kyle and Jackie O Show on KIIS 106.5 Multiple reports have claimed since Kyle and Jackie O departed the network ratings have suffered with the Ed, Grant and Ash Show registering an audience of just 3.1 per cent compared to the Kyle and Jackie O show which sat at 10.9 per cent.

It has been bad news after bad news for Grant who just days ago revealed why he was temporarily replaced by Rove McManus on Channel 10’s Celebrity Name Game. On Monday night, instead of Grant opening the show as he always does, it was Rove who kicked things off, telling the audience: “When Channel 10 decided to get a fellow Gold Logie winner to fill in for Grant, they ended up getting me, but only because Waleed and Denise Drysdale don’t fit into Grant’s blazers.”

It turns out the show was actually filmed a few weeks back with the former Sunrise star revealing this week why he was temporarily replaced. Taking to his Instagram page, the 41-year-old said: “I’m all good now but a couple of weeks ago I came back from holidays with SAVAGE Bali belly and unable to film @celebnamegameau.”

People who visit Bali are commonly affected by Bali belly – where they experience an upset stomach and diarrhoea. It’s typically caused by a change in diet and can also include other troubling symptoms including bloating, cramps, stomach pain, vomiting and nausea.

“But the show must go on, so my boy @rovemcmanus kindly offered to jump in for a few episodes to help a brother out,” Grant continued. “I’ve been back filming for weeks but enjoy Rove’s show’s this week and get ready for his MASSIVE live return with ‘Saturday Night Rove’, starting really soon!”

 

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