‘I can’t wait’: Melissa Doyle returns to Seven with surprise new gig

Apr 12, 2022
Doyle's shock 2020 departure from Channel 7 came as a shock to many, with a number of loyal fans devastated to see the TV host go. Source: Getty

Well-known Australian TV presenter Melissa Doyle has announced she will be returning to Channel 7 to host the entertaining documentary series This Is Your Life. 

In a statement to The Daily Telegraph Confidential on Sunday, April 10, the former Sunrise host announced her excitement upon securing the new gig.

“I am honoured to continue the legacy of such an iconic program as This Is Your Life,” she said.

“I can’t wait to present the Big Red Book to some of our most loved Australians and together celebrate their remarkable lives and the people and moments which mean so much to them – and to all of us.”

The show chronicles the life of well known Australian personalities through revealing insights and emotional reunions with family and friends all while detailing the guest’s highest achievements and milestones.

Seven’s Director of Network Programming, Angus Ross said, “This Is Your Life was an iconic and incredibly successful show for many years”.

“The time feels right for it to return. We can’t wait to bring the format into 2022, engaging both new viewers and the generations of Australians who remember the show fondly and will welcome its return,” he said.

Doyle’s return to the Seven network comes after her departure from the popular morning show Sunrise in 2013.

Doyle’s departure from Channel 7 came as a shock to many, with a number of loyal fans devastated to see the television host go.

In a statement posted to Twitter on August 21, 2020, Doyle announced she was leaving the network with “a great deal of pride, satisfaction, and gratitude”.

“For 25 years, I have called Channel Seven home,” she said.

“I’ve had the privilege to share stories that mattered, meet incredible people and be there for significant moments in history.

“I am incredibly proud of the work I have done and appreciative of the trust and warmth our viewers have shown me.”

Doyle hosted a number of TV shows during her successful 25 year stint on Channel 7, including Sydney’s Today Tonight, Seven Late News, Seven Afternoon News, Seven News at 7 and The Latest. Earlier this year, 2022, Doyle hosted Channel 9’s popular real-life prison series, Australia Behind Bars. 

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