‘It wasn’t an easy decision’: The project’s host announces shocking departure from Channel 10’s show
Gorgi Coghlan has announced that she is leaving The Project after more than 10 years at the helm.
On Tuesday, the 45-year-old revealed it wasn’t an “easy decision” to leave her role, but told Daily Mail Australia she is “working on a few projects” and is focusing on her boutique hotel in Ballarat, which she will reopen after the lockdown. of Victoria has ended.
In a statement on Instagram, Gorgi wrote: “After much thought, I have made the big decision to part with The Project.
Farewell: The Project host Gorgi Coghlan (right) has announced that she will be leaving the show after more than a decade at the helm. Pictured alongside her co-hosts Lisa Wilkinson (center) and Waleed Aly (left)
“It wasn’t an easy decision, but after 10 YEARS on this wonderful show, I feel it’s time. I really like broadcasting and I missed it this year.’
The Victoria-born reporter went on to say she always knew when the time was right to “jump into the unknown” and “discover new adventures.”
Gorgi, who started hosting the show when she was pregnant with her now 10-year-old daughter Molly-Rose, added: “For over 10 years I’ve laughed, shed tears, interviewed prime ministers, superstars and incredible people in that tragic situation.
New Adventures: The Victorian-born reporter went on to say that throughout her career she knew and sensed when the time was right to ‘jump into the unknown’ and ‘discover new adventures’
Emotionally: She thanked her co-hosts Peter Helliar (left), Waleed Aly (right), Lisa Wilkinson and Carrie Bickmore for their ‘love, support, kindness and friendship’
“I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with the most creative, hard-working production team who give their all every day, and the generous and magical makeup and cloakroom staff (who literally work wonders!)”
She thanked her co-hosts Peter Helliar, Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Carrie Bickmore for their “love, support, kindness and friendship.”
“Pete, I’m so lucky to have worked with you at the agency where you made me laugh so hard every show!” she continued.
‘Partners in crime’: ‘An extra special thank you to my partner in crime on the agency and the person I’ve spent the most working hours with over the past ten years, Waleed,’ she added.
“An extra special thank you goes to my partner in crime on the agency and the person I’ve spent the most working hours with in the past ten years, Waleed.
“I feel so lucky to have shared this chapter with you. Your grace, intelligence, wisdom and meekness inspire me.’
After thanking viewers and the show’s creator, Craig Campbell, she continued to talk about her plans for the future.
Goodbye: Carrie, 40, shared a photo of herself next to Gorgi on Instagram, captioning it: ‘Good luck with your next adventures, beautiful woman. You will always be part of the family’
“Moving on is difficult. It’s scary and takes a leap of faith, but it’s the only way I know what the universe has in store for me and for me to keep reaching new heights. So here goes! On to the next chapter and whatever magic it brings.’
Carrie, 40, shared a photo of herself with Gorgi on Instagram with the caption: ‘Good luck with your next adventures, beautiful woman. You will always be part of the family.’
Gorgi has built an illustrious career over the past decades, training as a classical singer and professional stage performer.
Before joining Ten, she was a reporter and travel host for Today – where she also filled in for Steven Jacobs to present the weather – and National Nine News.
She is perhaps best known for co-hosting Network Ten’s Logie Award-winning The Circle between 2010 and 2012, and also appeared as ‘The Monster’ on The Masked Singer in 2019.
Surprise! In 2019, Gorgi was revealed as the celebrity under the Monster costume
Gorgi was a regular panelist on The Project, working full-time on the show in 2015 after being announced as a replacement for Carrie’s maternity leave.
She married Simon Coghlan in 2009 and the couple welcomed their daughter Molly-Rose Coghlan in December 2010.
The couple own the Provincial Hotel in Ballarat, which won the ’boutique style accommodation of the year’ category in the 2019 Tourism Accommodation Awards (TAA) for Victoria.
Part of the Furniture: Gorgi was a regular panelist on The Project, working full-time on the show in 2015 after being announced as a maternity leave replacement for Carrie Bickmore. Pictured with Carrie (right) and Lisa (left)