Comedian Dave Hughes will leave The Project at the end of the year to embark on a stand-up comedy tour across the country, with Peter Helliar lined up to take his place.
Hughes has co-hosted The Project on Ten since it launched in July 2009, first as a half hour show The 7pm Project, and then as it expanded to become the hour long show also hosted by comedian Charlie Pickering and presenter Carrie Bickmore.
Hughes will still appear on The Project once a week in live crosses from his stand up tour across Australia.
The departure announced last night follows the end of Hughes’ top rating breakfast show on Nova 100 as he and co-host Kate Langbroek delivered their last show on the Melbourne station last month after 12 years on air.
It is a return to Ten for Helliar who was a co-host of Rove Live with Rove McManus for 10 years. Bickmore was also a co-host on the show from 2006.
Helliar also hosted ABC1 quiz show The Trophy Room and AFL show The Bounce on Seven, and created, co-produced and co-directed the eight part comedy series It’s a Date for ABC1, which has been renewed for a second season in 2014. Helliar also created romantic comedy feature films Mr Busby Married a Lesibian and its follow-up. I Love You Too.
He tweeted that he was “thrilled” about the new job.