Sonia Kruger confirms departure from Nine

After much speculation and rumour, Today Extra and The Voice host Sonia Kruger has confirmed she is leaving Nine, with tomorrow her last day on air.

Kruger announced the news live on Today Extra today, with her co-host David Campbell saying he had only just become aware of the exit.

Sonia Kruger’s ‘big news’ is that she’s leaving Nine

“I have had an amazing time here, and I have had the chance to work on some top shelf programs and of course with you David and all of the team on the show,” said Kruger.

“But it’s time for me to go and do something new. You’ve got to spread your wings. Tomorrow is going to be my last day on the show.”

Kruger first signed on to work with Nine in 2011, shortly after leaving Seven where she had been since 2004. Rumours are currently swirling that she is set to return to Seven, although that has not been confirmed.

Kruger is contracted with Nine till the end of the year. Sylvia Jeffries will replace her on Today Extra until the end of 2019.

It’s possible Kruger is leaving to host Seven’s revamped Big Brother format. She hosted the reality show for Nine between 2012 and 2014, taking over from Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson.

In 2015 she took the role hosting The Voice, joining in its fourth season as a co-host with Darren McMullen.

Today has just had a shakeup of its own hosts, with Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon announced as the new lineup for 2020, replacing current hosts Deborah Knight and Georgie Gardner. Stefanovic returns just over a year after his own dramatic firing.

Karl Stefanovic is making his return to Today in 2020

Kruger is not without controversy herself. In 2016, on an appearance on the Today show, she called for a ban on Muslim immigration into Australia. A tribunal held regarding the comments found they were ‘vilifying remarks’ but were not racist, as ‘Muslims living in Australia’ are not a race.

Kruger’s comments were in agreement with those from Andrew Bolt, around a supposed ‘correlation’ in the number of people who are Muslim in a country and the number of terrorist attacks.

After swift backlash, Kruger’s defence was that her comments came from her role ‘as a mother’.

No confirmation has yet been made about the 2020 lineup of Today Extra.


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