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Andrew O’Keefe to exit Weekend Sunrise after 12 years

Andrew O’Keefe will exit Seven’s Weekend Sunrise after 12 years as co-host.

O’Keefe first joined the program in 2005 and was joined by his current co-host Monique Wright in 2013.

O’Keefe has left Weekend Sunrise, but won’t leave The Chase Australia

He will continue to host of Seven’s quiz show The Chase Australia, and focus on other projects with the network.

To mark his departure from the program, the team posted a showreel of his 12 years with the show.

Michael Pell, Sunrise’s executive producer, thanked O’Keefe for his contribution to the show.

“Andrew O’Keefe is Weekend Sunrise’s longest-serving host,” Pell said.

“Over more than a decade, Australians have woken up to his irreverent style. He’s made us laugh and he’s made us think. I thank Andrew for his enormous contribution and wish him well as he reclaims his own weekends. Andrew will always be a member of the Sunrise Family.”

O’Keefe said he would see viewers “at the much more civilized hour of 5pm”.

“The ideal job is doing work you love with people you love,” O’Keefe said. “And for 12 years it’s been my great pleasure to work on one of the most lively and thoughtful shows on commercial television with some of the warmest, funniest, most committed people I know. Weekend Sunrise has truly been a family, though without the inheritance squabbles or TV-remote blame.

“Mon, Simon, Sally and the whole team behind the camera are beautiful friends. But as much as I love my WS family to bits, I think it’s time to give the weekends back to my real family. There are many overdue camping trips and too many unseen soccer matches to catch up on. So, to all the beautiful people with whom it’s been my profound pleasure to work, and to all the viewers who’ve been our friends for so long, thank you and adios. See you at the much more civilised hour of 5pm.”

Seven’s network director of news and public affairs, Craig McPherson, added: “Andrew has been instrumental in Weekend Sunrise’s dominance over many years. Few bring as much passion and energy to a presenting role. I wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, his departure comes at the same time as contract negotiations with weekday co-host David Koch, who is lobbying to work a four-day week.

O’Keefe’s replacement is yet to be announced.

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