Julie Goodwin to depart Star 104.5 breakfast show

In 2020, the Rabbit and Julie Goodwin breakfast show will be no more, with Goodwin departing to focus on other projects and rebalancing her life.

Goodwin and Dave ‘Rabbit’ Rabbetts have worked together for four years, and she said she was making the decision with sadness.

Goodwin joined ‘Rabbit’ on air in January 2016 

“It’s with real sadness that I’ve made the difficult decision to step away from my breakfast role, but I’ve had to weigh up my family, my cooking school and life balance priorities, and hope I’m doing the right thing,” she said. “My time at Star 104.5 has been a pleasure and a privilege, and I’m proud to have worked with such a great team. I’m indebted to Rabbit, my partner and mentor, for teaching me everything about radio, and for the wonderful laughs and fantastic times. I’m also awed by our listeners for sharing their stories, and for their kindness, generosity and humour.”

Goodwin will continue to be heard on the show for the first quarter of 2020, and Nova Entertainment – which owns Star 104.5 – said she would be a regular guest on the show throughout the year.

“I can’t wait to return in the new year while we transition to something wonderful, and look forward to remaining a part of the Star family,” Goodwin added.

Rabbetts said he was “gutted” by Goodwin’s decision to leave.

“The last four years have been a ridiculous amount of fun, and we’ll be mates forever. Whilst I’m gutted that Julie has abandoned me and ruined Christmas, I have to say that I’ve got so much admiration and respect for her making this decision. Hopefully this ‘cooking’ thing works out for her,” he said.

Shayne Sinclair, the station’s program director, was slightly more optimistic about the change.

“Julie’s unique chemistry with Rabbit will be missed by the Central Coast, but Rabbit and Julie always look on the bright side of life and this will not change. Rabbitt and the team’s commitment to creating a great breakfast show for our listeners will continue, and we are excited abut the new opportunity that 2020 will bring for the show.”

Goodwin won Masterchef a decade ago, with an average of 3.7m metro viewers tuning in for the announcement. The audience peaked at 4.1m.


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