Lauren Phillips announces her departure from Weekend Today

Lauren Phillips announces her departure from Weekend Today, revealing why she quit her ‘dream job’



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Lauren Phillips has quit her job at Channel Nine’s Weekend Today to focus on her radio career.

The 34-year-old weather presenter announced that she will leave the breakfast show on Sunday.

Lauren told the Herald Sun it was too difficult to combine both her TV and radio roles for KIIS FM.

Quit: Lauren Phillips, 34, (pictured) announced her departure on Weekend Today, revealing why she quit her 'dream job' on Sunday

Quit: Lauren Phillips, 34, (pictured) announced her departure on Weekend Today, revealing why she quit her ‘dream job’ on Sunday

“I’ve been juggling seven mornings a week for the past five months and I’ve tried with every part of me to make that happen so I could keep doing this job, but unfortunately we all need a work/life balance,” she said. said.

“So I’m saying goodbye to Weekend Today, which is very sad, and it’s a job I’ve wanted for a long time.”

She continued, “So running away from a dream job is never easy, but I’m very grateful to have this opportunity.”

Lauren has been juggling her Weekend Today commitments with her KIIS 101.1 breakfast radio job since August.

'I need balance': Lauren told the Herald Sun it was too hard to juggle both her TV and radio roles for KIIS FM

'I need balance': Lauren told the Herald Sun it was too hard to juggle both her TV and radio roles for KIIS FM

‘I need balance’: Lauren told the Herald Sun it was too hard to juggle both her TV and radio roles for KIIS FM

It comes after Phillips had to apologize to the mother of a murdered child on the broadcast earlier this month.

Aspiring dancer Rachel Barber was just 15 when Caroline Reed Robertson strangled her in 1999 with a telephone cord in a plot to steal her identity.

Phillips was disgusted by the murdered dancer’s family and friends when she laughed on KIIS 101.1 while listening to a podcast detailing her brutal murder.

Leaving: She's been juggling her Weekend Today commitments with her KIIS 101.1 breakfast radio job since August

Leaving: She's been juggling her Weekend Today commitments with her KIIS 101.1 breakfast radio job since August

Leaving: She’s been juggling her Weekend Today commitments with her KIIS 101.1 breakfast radio job since August

She told listeners earlier this month that she had been unaware that the audio the producers played during her interview was from the actual CASEFILE series of true crime podcasts.

During the chat, Phillips described how she had used the podcast about Rachel’s tragic murder to cheer herself up.

‘Am I a psychopath?’ Phillips asked during the conversation with co-host Jason “Jase” Hawkins, outraged by Elizabeth Barber, her friends and family.

Phillips swallowed the tears and said she never intended to use audio from a real crime in her on-air chat.

“All of us here on the show were devastated when we realized what we’d done. The show takes full responsibility and our background checks of the audio source should have been more thorough,” Phillips said.

Controversy: The move comes after Phillips (pictured in 2020) upset the friends and family of murder victim Rachel Barber with an insensitive segment on Melbourne radio.  She described how she used a podcast about Rachel's tragic murder to cheer herself up

Controversy: The move comes after Phillips (pictured in 2020) upset the friends and family of murder victim Rachel Barber with an insensitive segment on Melbourne radio.  She described how she used a podcast about Rachel's tragic murder to cheer herself up

Controversy: The move comes after Phillips (pictured in 2020) upset the friends and family of murder victim Rachel Barber with an insensitive segment on Melbourne radio. She described how she used a podcast about Rachel’s tragic murder to cheer herself up

Hawkins also apologized for his limited role in the conversation and thanked Rachel’s mother for taking their calls to apologize personally.

“She didn’t have to do that and we both had a chat with her and yes, we appreciate her taking the call,” he said.

Phillips added that the incident had a major impact on the entire production crew.

“We are truly, from the bottom of our hearts, very sorry that that audio has been used, but we are very sorry and we will do everything we can to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again on our show,” she said. .

Apologies: Phillips (right) swallowed the tears and said she never intended to use audio from a real-life crime in her on-air chat.  Hawkins (left) also apologized for his limited role in the conversation and thanked Rachel's mother for taking their phone calls to apologize in person

Apologies: Phillips (right) swallowed the tears and said she never intended to use audio from a real-life crime in her on-air chat.  Hawkins (left) also apologized for his limited role in the conversation and thanked Rachel's mother for taking their phone calls to apologize in person

Apologies: Phillips (right) swallowed the tears and said she never intended to use audio from a real-life crime in her on-air chat. Hawkins (left) also apologized for his limited role in the conversation and thanked Rachel’s mother for taking their phone calls to apologize in person

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