Tracy Grimshaw, the beloved television presenter who bid farewell to A Current Affair (ACA) less than a year ago, is gearing up for a television comeback in 2024 with a secretive “new project”.
Grimshaw surprised viewers when she announced she would be stepping away from the ACA desk during the September 6, 2022 broadcast of the program, explaining that she “decided to finish up with A Current Affair this year”.
“It’s been my privilege to host this show,” she told viewers at the time.
“Thank you for your loyalty. I hope I’ve repaid it. I’m around until November then I’m going to take a long holiday, but it’s business as usual until then. See you tomorrow night.”
“Thanks for your company. Goodnight,” she said as she wrapped up the show for the final time.
Fans who have no doubt missed Grimshaw’s presence on their television screens each night will now be delighted to hear that the 63-year-old will be gracing screens once again after Nine announced their 2024 slate of programs.
While details of Grimshaw’s new project were sparse, a network spokesperson confirmed that “Tracy will host a new show, and we’ll have more details later this year or early next.”
Following her absence, fans were overjoyed to hear of Grimshaw’s return, many taking to social media to welcome the beloved television personality back to their screens.
“Great news. She’s such an icon,” one fan wrote.
“The gift that keeps on giving.”
“Legend ! ….. Pleeeeasse!” commented another.
“Welcome back Tracy.”
Grimshaw’s return comes after the rumour mill went into overdrive when reports emerged that Grimshaw was considering a comeback to ACA and that she was having discussions with network executives about a possible return to the program she helmed for an impressive 17 years.
Although Grimshaw’s return would have no doubt been welcomed by her loyal fanbase, the veteran journalist shut down such suggestions in a statement issued on social media.
This is not true. I’m not coming back to ACA, I haven’t been into the office this year, no sneaky meetings, and I’ve always said I may do something else next year, that hasn’t changed. Tracy Grimshaw rumoured to return to A Current Affair | Woman’s Day https://t.co/pOs3Ox1vAG
— tracy grimshaw (@tracygrimshaw) June 19, 2023
Grimshaw’s decision to return to Nine makes sense given her long and successful career with the network which began in 1981 with the Channel 9 Melbourne newsroom before presenting 9News daytime bulletins in 1985. In 1995, she joined the Midday Show as co-host alongside David Reyne.
Grimshaw then went on to co-host Today with Steve Liebmann in 1996.
Grimshaw interviewed a range of people during her nine-year term with Today, including world leaders, movie stars to everyday Australians. She hosted the live coverage of the Stuart Diver’s rescue from the Thredbo disaster and took on hosting duties again for the coverage of Princess Diana’s death.
On January 30, 2006 she began presenting for A Current Affair, where she covered the rescue of the two miners in Beaconsfield, Brant Webb and Todd Russell.
She was awarded the Walkley Award for Broadcast and Online interviewing in 2009.