Tracy Grimshaw has revealed what comes next for her as the hard-hitting journalist’s time at A Current Affair (ACA) comes to an end with her final episode airing tonight, Thursday, November 24.
Speaking on the radio program, The Kyle and Jackie O show, the 62-year-old admitted she would be taking a hiatus from television journalism after a long 17 years hosting the popular news program.
Ever the joker, Kyle Sandilands asked Grimshaw if her future plans involved hosting The Project, following the walk-out of three out of four of the conversational news show’s hosts, Grimshaw said she didn’t see herself back behind the desk anywhere for a while.
The veteran investigator said she plans to take 2023 off completely for a little ‘R&R’, saying: “I’m having a year off and I’m not doing anything for an entire year. I’m resetting my work-life balance to purely life next year.”
“But then, you never know what I might pop up doing in 2024,” Grimshaw teased.
The veteran journalist shocked fans with the announcement at the end of A Current Affair’s Monday, September 6 broadcast, explaining that she made the choice to step down and wasn’t “being shoved out the door by the boys club” because she was “too old”.
After 17 years in the hosting chair, our very own @tracygrimshaw has announced she will be stepping down from presenting A Current Affair at the end of the year.
— A Current Affair (@ACurrentAffair9) September 5, 2022
“Normally right about now we’d be telling you what to expect tomorrow night but lately I’ve personally been thinking longer term, and I have some news that I wanted you to hear from me before you hear it from anyone else,” she told viewers.
“I’ve decided to finish up with A Current Affair this year.
“It’s been a big decision and before the gossip websites start telling you rubbish, I want you to know it’s been my decision alone and I’m not being shoved out the door by the boys club because I’m too old.
“I’m not too old, I’m just a bit tired. And for the record both the boys and the girls have asked me to stay.
“But I’ve basically been a shift worker for 26 years, driving to work before dawn for 9 years on the Today Show, and the past 17 years driving home after dark here on A Current Affair and it’s time for less of that daily obligation.
“It’s been my privilege to host this show.”
Nine executives are yet to announce Grimshaw’s replacement, but speculation has swirled with the likes of Carrie Bickmore, Today show host Karl Stefanovic, and his co-host Allison Langdon. Sylvia Jeffreys and Deb Knight, who will be familiar to A Current Affair audience as regular stand-in host and Saturday ACA host respectively, rumored to fill the veteran journalist’s shoes.