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Who will replace Carrie Bickmore on The Project?

The Project host Carrie Bickmore announced she was leaving the show for ‘several months’ on Tuesday’s episode, in order to relocate to the UK to be with her family.

And now, rumours are running rife as to who might replace the veteran presenter while she’s away from hosting duties and follows her dream of living abroad.

The Daily Telegraph reported this week that the gig could fall to fellow host Lisa Wilkinson, which would require her ‘taking on extra days’ to fill in for Carrie.

Questions: Rumours are running rife as to who might replace veteran presenter Carrie Bickmore (pictured) after she announced she was stepping away from hosting duties on The Project to relocate to the UK to be with her family

But former Channel 10 executive producer Rob McKnight also told the publication they could opt to bring in some fresh blood from the network, pointing at Studio 10’s Sarah Harris.

‘As far as replacement hosts go, Lisa Wilkinson certainly brings headlines and has done some compelling interviews but will she bring the much-needed ratings the show needs?’ he said.

‘If I were 10 I would put Sarah Harris in the role. She’s wasted in the morning and is capable of so much more than what she is currently doing.’

Could it be? The Daily Telegraph reported this week that the duties could fall to fellow host Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) which would require her 'taking on extra days' to fill in for Carrie

Could it be? The Daily Telegraph reported this week that the duties could fall to fellow host Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) which would require her ‘taking on extra days’ to fill in for Carrie

Candidate: Former Channel 10 executive producer Rob McKnight also told the publication they could opt to bring in some fresh blood from the network, pointing at Studio 10's Sarah Harris (pictured)

Candidate: Former Channel 10 executive producer Rob McKnight also told the publication they could opt to bring in some fresh blood from the network, pointing at Studio 10’s Sarah Harris (pictured)

He added that if they didn’t give her the opportunity, they might ‘lose her’ when her contract comes to an end at the end of the year.

The show currently has an abundance of hosts and panellists, including Hamish MacDonald, Peter Helliar and Waleed Aly, all of whom could take over her role on rotation. 

The network has yet to make an official announcement as to who will be replacing Carrie.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Channel 10 for further comment.

Options: The show currently has an abundance of hosts and panellists, including Hamish MacDonald, Peter Helliar (lefy) and Waleed Aly (centre) all of who could take over her role on rotation

Options: The show currently has an abundance of hosts and panellists, including Hamish MacDonald, Peter Helliar (lefy) and Waleed Aly (centre) all of who could take over her role on rotation

Time off: The TV host, 41, revealed the news of her exit during Tuesday's show, becoming emotional as she explained she and her husband Chris Walker would be taking their family to the UK

Time off: The TV host, 41, revealed the news of her exit during Tuesday’s show, becoming emotional as she explained she and her husband Chris Walker would be taking their family to the UK

The TV host, 41, revealed the news of her exit during Tuesday’s show, becoming emotional as she explained she and her husband Chris Walker would be taking their family to the UK.   

‘In April I’m going to be taking a few months off The Project desk. Chris and I and the kids are heading off on a family adventure together,’ she said. 

‘We’ve been wanting to do it for a while but lots of reasons, timing hasn’t been right, but we figure it’s never going to be the perfect time to go’. 

'In April I'm going to be taking a few months off The Project desk. Chris and I and the kids are heading off on a family adventure together,' Carrie said

‘In April I’m going to be taking a few months off The Project desk. Chris and I and the kids are heading off on a family adventure together,’ Carrie said

She continued: ‘It’s something we really want to do before my son starts his final years at school so we’re doing term two in the UK. So I will be off for a couple of months.’ 

She did not, however, mention the recent sale of her five-bedroom property, which sold at auction for an undisclosed price on March 3. 

Carrie also explained that she had been inspired by her co-star Kate Langbroek, 56, who spent two years living abroad in Bologna, Italy, with her family. 

Inspired: Carrie explained that she had been inspired by her co-star Kate Langbroek (right) who spent two years living abroad in Bologna, Italy, with her family

Inspired: Carrie explained that she had been inspired by her co-star Kate Langbroek (right) who spent two years living abroad in Bologna, Italy, with her family

‘You are a big inspiration for heading overseas with a family and we had some big conversations after living through the world’s longest lockdown,’ Carrie said. 

‘One of the things that my son Ollie said was how much he was going to miss the family time when we were coming out of lockdown which kind of surprised us because we had a lot of family time! 

‘But we thought, gosh, he still wants to spend time with us and while he does he only has a few years left and then he will fly away so we thought we would seize the moment and do it,’ she concluded. 

Family: Carrie has two children, daughters Evie, six, and Adelaide, three, with her partner Chris Walker, as well as her son, Oliver Lange, 14, who she shares with her late husband Greg Lange, who died of brain cancer in 2010. All pictured

Family: Carrie has two children, daughters Evie, six, and Adelaide, three, with her partner Chris Walker, as well as her son, Oliver Lange, 14, who she shares with her late husband Greg Lange, who died of brain cancer in 2010. All pictured

Time away: 'We've been wanting to do it for a while but lots of reasons, timing hasn't been right, but we figure it's never going to be the perfect time to go' she said

Time away: ‘We’ve been wanting to do it for a while but lots of reasons, timing hasn’t been right, but we figure it’s never going to be the perfect time to go’ she said 

Carrie has two children, daughters Evie, six, and Adelaide, three, with her partner Chris Walker. 

She also has a son, Oliver Lange, 14, who she shares with her late husband Greg Lange, who died of brain cancer in 2010. 

The television host has been a core part of The Project for over a decade – since 2009. 

Part of the family: The television host has been a core part of The Project for over a decade - since 2009. Pictured with Peter Helliar, Waleed Aly and Steve Price

Part of the family: The television host has been a core part of The Project for over a decade – since 2009. Pictured with Peter Helliar, Waleed Aly and Steve Price

Back then: Carrie recently shared a throwback photo of the original cast in their late 2000s finery. In the image, Carrie stood beside former panelist Dave Hughes and a young Charlie Pickering, as well as MasterChef star Julie Goodwin

Back then: Carrie recently shared a throwback photo of the original cast in their late 2000s finery. In the image, Carrie stood beside former panelist Dave Hughes and a young Charlie Pickering, as well as MasterChef star Julie Goodwin

Along with being awarded an Order of Australia for her service to media, Carrie has also been nominated for multiple Logie Awards, and won three. 

The award-winning television and radio presenter took home the coveted Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Television in 2015. 

She got her start on television in 2006, reading the news bulletin on Channel Ten’s popular variety show Rove Live.

Winner: The award-winning television and radio presenter took home the coveted Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Television in 2015

Winner: The award-winning television and radio presenter took home the coveted Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Television in 2015 

Carrie’s exit comes as ratings for The Project continue to dwindle to all-time lows.  

Channel Ten’s flagship current affairs show has lost almost a third of its audience since 2011, OzTAM ratings revealed in November. 

The program saw its metro ratings plummet to an all-time low of just 367,000 in 2021.

Low yield: Carrie's exit comes as ratings for The Project continue to dwindle to all-time lows. Pictured: Carrie with Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Helliar

Low yield: Carrie’s exit comes as ratings for The Project continue to dwindle to all-time lows. Pictured: Carrie with Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Helliar 

That’s a 30 per cent decline from its five-city audience of 538,000 a decade ago. 

The national audience, which includes regional viewers, has also seen a similar percentage drop from 725,000 in 2011 to 490,000 in 2021.

These figures have made The Project commercial TV’s worst-performing nightly premium program.

Losses: Channel Ten's flagship current affairs show has lost almost a third of its audience since 2011, OzTAM ratings revealed in November

Losses: Channel Ten’s flagship current affairs show has lost almost a third of its audience since 2011, OzTAM ratings revealed in November

Despite disappointing ratings, a Channel 10 spokesperson denied rumours late last year that The Project would soon be facing the axe.

‘The Project has just celebrated its 12th birthday and is here to stay,’ they said.

‘At a time when information, context and understanding is more important than ever, The Project will continue to provide Australians with their dose of news delivered differently.’

Lasting? Despite disappointing ratings, a Channel 10 spokesperson denied rumours late last year that The Project would soon be facing the axe. Pictured with Carrie are Tommy little, Peter Helliar, Hamish Macdonald, Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Gorgi Coghlan

Lasting? Despite disappointing ratings, a Channel 10 spokesperson denied rumours late last year that The Project would soon be facing the axe. Pictured with Carrie are Tommy little, Peter Helliar, Hamish Macdonald, Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Gorgi Coghlan

A leading TV commentator claimed Channel 10 was losing viewers because of The Project’s left-wing agenda.

Rob McKnight, a former 10 executive who now runs industry website TV Blackbox, said the views expressed on The Project don’t resonate with everyday Aussies.

He told Daily Mail Australia that despite its slick production and top-tier talent, The Project is ‘very woke and that doesn’t connect with mainstream Australia’.

Politics: A leading TV commentator claimed Channel 10 was losing viewers because of The Project's left-wing agenda

Politics: A leading TV commentator claimed Channel 10 was losing viewers because of The Project’s left-wing agenda 

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