Eddie McGuire, 56, has announced he’s leaving his top-rating breakfast program on Triple M radio after more than 11 years in the gig. McGuire and co-host former AFL star Luke Darcy will both quit The Hot Breakfast show at the end of the month.
In a press release, obtained by News.com.au, McGuire said he planned to “take some to reflect and recharge with my family“.
“I joined Triple M 32 years ago as a young journo and this year has been a year like no other for all of us,” he said. “We found ourselves able to broadcast six hours a day and on weekends when Covid-19 hit. Whilst gruelling, it has also been a true honour and pleasure for us to be with Melbourne every step of the way and the most important year in our show’s history.
McGuire continued: “Without listeners, radio is nothing, and we have enjoyed the immediate connection with them day in day out and dominated our key target demos.
“Those closest to me have always known that I continued with breakfast radio while my boys were at school and now my youngest has finished it’s time too for me to finish up a wonderful 11-year run with a 4am alarm. I plan to take some time to reflect and recharge with my family and after a good, long break have a look at what the next project for Triple M looks like in 2021, building on new ground we forged back in 2009.”
MMM’s Hot Breakfast official Twitter page also shared the news on social media, writing: “You heard it here first, after 11 years it’s time to say goodbye. Triple M’s Hot Breakfast will wrap up at the end of the month. Thank you all!”
Many listeners have since taken to social media to wish the McGuire and Darcy well, with Twitter user @jack_perkins, writing: “Thanks for giving us something to listen to in the mornings! Excellent effort over 11 years.
Meanwhile, @JonSchauder tweeted: “Thanks for the amazing show… got me through some really tough days and just made other days better!”
And @bryce_parker26 added: “Been listening since 09 can still remember Eddie coming on the radio and saying how excited he was to start the breakfast show. It’s not easy to do the morning shift for 11-years let alone as successfully as Hot Breakfast has done. Thanks Rosie, Darcy & Eddie. Good luck for future.”
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