Abbie Chatfield’s radio show in crisis as her co-host Rohan Edwards abruptly steps down just weeks after executive producer stepped down
Abbie Chatfield’s national radio show appears to be in crisis after her co-host and executive producer resigned within weeks of each other.
Hot Nights with Abbie Chatfieldhosted by the 27-year-old reality star turned social media sensation, it airs on fifty stations across Australia as part of Southern Cross Austereo’s pop music-focused Hit Network.
The program has been doing quite well in the ratings since it launched in January 2022 thanks to the success of Chatfield’s podcast It is muchwhich is broadcast on SCA’s LiSTNR platform.
But despite the show’s popularity, rumors of behind-the-scenes strife have been circulating for months, with the latest departures all but confirming the speculation.
Chatfield’s co-anchor Rohan Edwards resigned effective Monday — a move that will no doubt surprise listeners, as they were known for their friendly on-air banter.
Abbie Chatfield’s national radio show (pictured) appears to be in crisis after her co-host and executive producer resigned within weeks of each other
Chatfield’s co-anchor Rohan Edwards (left) resigned Monday, effective immediately. Max Corstorphan, executive producer of Hot Nights (right), who had been running the show since its launch in early 2022, also stepped down several weeks ago
His departure was confirmed in an email to Hit Network staff on Monday – the day all major radio shows returned from the two-week Easter poll break.
Edwards had been off the air without explanation the week before the poll break, with another presenter, Nic Kelly filling in for him.
“Nobody knows for sure what’s going on. Abbie seems to be getting on well with Rohan on air, but people are wondering if things aren’t so rosy behind the scenes,” said a source.
The departure of Edwards (left) is sure to surprise listeners, as he and Chatfield were known for their friendly on-air banter. His departure was confirmed in an email to Hit Network staff on Monday – the day all major radio shows returned from the two-week Easter survey break
Edwards had been with the Hit Network for over six years. He joined Hot Nights after leaving his role as midday announcer for Brisbane’s B105.
In another blow to Hot Nights, executive producer Max Corstorphan, who had been running the show since its launch in early 2022, also stepped down several weeks ago.
An SCA spokesman said Edwards had left the network to pursue “other interests” and would not be drawn into speculation about a split with Chatfield.
“Rohan Edwards has made the decision to leave his role as host of the Hit Network’s Hot Nights with Abbie Chatfield show to pursue other interests,” the company told Daily Mail Australia.
“The Hit Network wishes Rohan all the best for his future.”
No reason was given for Corstorphan’s departure.
Despite the popularity of Hot Nights, rumors of behind-the-scenes strife have been circulating for months, with the latest departures all but confirming the speculation.
Chatfield broke into the entertainment industry with her blockbuster podcast It’s a Lot, which launched shortly after her appearance on The Bachelor.
The podcast was eventually picked up by SCA-owned “audio destination” LiSTNR, which led to her hosting her own radio show Hot Nights with Abbie Chatfield.
Chatfield, who had never hosted a radio show prior to Hot Nights, will air weeknights starting at 7 p.m. as he continues to tape episodes of It’s a Lot.
She is known for discussing adult topics on her podcast, often describing lewd acts in detail and sharing her own sexual experiences.
The influencer rose to fame on the 2019 season of The Bachelor before appearing on Bachelor in Paradise and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!