Chrissie Swan has been announced as the new host of Ten’s Can of Worms.
The Mix 101.1 DJ replaces Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson who publicly sacked himself as host, but remained in place as co-executive producer on the Zapruder’s Other Films-made show.
Production of the show will remain in Sydney, with Swan commuting from Melbourne to front the show.
Co-executive producers, Andrew Denton and Anita Jacoby from Zapruder’s other films, said in a statement: “Audiences love Chrisse because they know that, with her, they are getting a real person. We think she is the perfect choice to take Can of Worms further into uncharted territory and we can’t wait to get started.”
Ten’s programming chief David Mott added: “We have been looking for just the right person to host Can of Worms. Chrissie is the perfect fit for a show that tackles topics that are rarely discussed openly and that will get the nation talking.”
“This year, Can of Worms will push the boundaries even further. It will discuss ever more robust topics and engage in deeper conversations with a view to evoking the honest truth from Australians. It’s a show not to be missed,” he said.
Can of Worms debuted with an audience of 930,000 a year ago, but slipped to around 800,000 as the series progressed.
A Ten press release describes Can of Worms as “not a program interested in political correctness or pulling punches. Its premise is simple: celebrity guests on the panel have to give their opinion, and there’s no sitting on the fence.”