Harley Breen quits 2Day FM’s breakfast show, with Em Rusciano to be joined by Ed Kavalee instead

2Day FM  has lost yet another breakfast show host, with Harley Breen to leave the Sydney station after less than a year.

Comedian Ed Kavalee will move from hosting breakfast on Southern Cross Austereo’s sister station Triple M Brisbane to present the show with Em Rusciano.

The announcement comes three weeks after Kavalee’s departure from Triple M breakfast in Brisbane.

Rusciano will be joined by Kavalee next year

The Em Rusciano Radio Show with Harley Breen began in January this year, after Southern Cross Austereo ditched its struggling 2Day FM breakfast show presented by Rove McManus and Sam Frost

Despite the breakfast show being targeted at the Sydney audience, Rusciano and Breen usually present the show from Melbourne where they live.

Rusciano and Breen’s breakfast show lasted ten months

Across the year, ratings for the show varied from a 3.3% audience share to 4.1%. In the most recent audience survey, The Em Rusciano Radio Show with Harley Breen dipped 0.3 ratings points, back down to a 3.3% audience share.

This put the show well behind previous 2Day FM presenters Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O, whose show on Kiis FM rated 10.3%, jointly topping the FM battleground with WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda show.

Gemma Fordham, Hit Network’s head of content said Breen has been a “terrific Yin to Em’s Yang” but with a young family he had decided not to return next year.

“We love Harley and wish him all the best,” Fordham said.

Breen announced the news live on air this morning and later took the Instagram to explain his departure. Rusciano also thanked Breen in an Instagram post.

Attention Breenage mutant ninja turtles. The following may be of some interest to some of you and not to others. But one fact about you all remains: you're bloody heroes in a half shell… turtle power. What. Sorry I got distracted. Today on the Em Rusciano radio show with Harley Breen on 2Day FM I announced that I'll be finishing up at the end this year in December and heading back to the fiscally responsible job of being a touring stand-up. It was by no means an easy decision. But it's absolutely the right one.
I love a lot of things that I've been fortunate enough to have in my life. I love my fiancée (i just looked up fiancée and it is a problematic word… she's my girlfriend. the love of my life, me mate, my best friend.) I love my boys and raising them with my mate… and I love stand-up.
So I've made the choice to give those things my full attention going into the future… At regular speed… I'm not announcing time travel. I am grateful for the opportunity, to Em Rusciano for vouching for me, nay flat out forcing me on the people of Sydney, and to the Hit network for taking a chance, and backing me. I'll pop by next year at 8.55am with a coffee. And for what it's worth I think Ed Kavalee is a brilliant decision for the roll and I hope the show becomes the raging success it deserves to be.
My national tour HARLEY BREEN – FLAT OUT DOING NOTHING Will be announced and on sale soon. Good plug. It's been an excellent ride. There's still 5 weeks to go. Shut up, your counting… I'll be back tomorrow for hump day. It's nit a root day, it's a Wednesday.

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Fordham added she was looking forward to Kavalee joining Rusciano in 2018.

“He’s superbly talented and we know the Sydney listeners will love the addition of Ed to the show,” Fordham said.

Kavalee echoed Fordham’s comments, saying he was excited to join the Hit Network in 2018 with Rusciano.

“We are really looking forward to it. I just hope my old room at my share house on Cleveland Street is still available,” he joked.

Rusciano said in a statement she was “bloody pumped” to have Kavalee joining the show.

During the announcement of Breen’s deperture to listeners, Rusciano said that she would rather he was staying.

She told him: “I’d prefer to have you.”

The latest change follows a series of breakfast line-up changes across the nation including Hit network Perth’s breakfast hosts Will & Woody joining ARN and taking over national drive, and New Zealand radio stars Jase & PJ taking over from Matt & Meshel on Kiis FM breakfast in Melbourne.

Also in Perth, ARN’s 96FM breakfast show hosts Carmen Braidwood and Brad ‘Fitzi’ Fitzgerald were removed from the 2018 lineup, to be replaced by Nine News presenter Lisa Fernandez and Hobart 100.9FM’s Paul Hogan.

Osher Gunsberg also announced he would leave his breakfast show on Hit 105 Brisbane a month ago.


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