Fans slam The Project for hiring Studio 10’s Sarah Harris to replace Carrie Bickmore: ‘You need some youth to reinvigorate this program’
Fans have slammed Channel 10 for replacing Carrie Bickmore with Sarah Harris as the new host of The Project, branding the choice ‘uninspiring’.
Carrie, 41, announced her shock departure from the current affairs show in October after 12 years on air.
The network confirmed on Wednesday that Sarah, 41, will replace Carrie alongside Waleed Aly five nights a week.
Fans have slammed Channel 10 for replacing Carrie Bickmore with Sarah Harris (pictured) as the new host of The Project, branding the choice ‘uninspiring’
While she’s been congratulated by many of Australia’s TV royalty, the decision has caused irk with some viewers.
Freelance writer Mary Madigan praised Sarah as a presenter but said the choice was ‘uninspired’ and ‘not ground-breaking’.
In a piece for news.com.au, the writer said it’s impossible for young people to relate to Sarah.
‘She’s doing the school drop-off, I’m rolling out of bed with a pounding hangover and trying not to drop my Opal card as I race for the bus. She has a mortgage, I have Afterpay repayments to make,’ she wrote.
Carrie, 41, announced her shock departure from the current affairs show in October after 12 years on air
She also slammed Channel 10 for pairing her up with Waleedy Aly, because he is ‘also a parent’
‘If you want to see middle-aged white people delivering the news every channel is offering that in spades. In my humble opinion, the panel needs someone with the same kind of vibe as Tony Armstrong. Young, hungry and with a slightly different point of view,’ she added.
Taking to Twitter, many seconded the comments, with one writing: ‘You needed some youth to reinvigorate this program. Georgie Tunny and Tony Armstrong come to mind. Tony too valuable to just be doing sports on the ABC news.’
The network confirmed Sarah Harris (pictured) will replace Carrie Bickmore as the host of the show alongside Waleed Aly five nights a week
Peter, 47, announced he was leaving The Project on Tuesday night and explained he decided to quit following the departure of his co-host Carrie
Another wrote: ‘I think she will go well. At least give her a chance. I wouldn’t mind seeing Tony Armstrong come on board. Tony is a very smart guy and has credibility.’.
However, many have praised Sarah as a casting choice, branding her ‘perfect’.
‘Sarah, you are the best tv presenter in the country. Totally under used at 10 until now. Fantastic news. I’ll start watching the project to see you. Wonderful,’ one fan wrote.
Lisa’s exit comes after a controversial year for the television presenter, during which she was taken off air following her disastrous Logies speech that resulted in a rape trial being delayed. Pictured L-R: Waleed Aly, Carrie, Lisa Wilkinson and Peter
‘Sarah Harris joining The Project makes me want to tune in. Such a great opportunity for Sarah, and excellent choice for this role,’ another said.
‘I’m beyond excited to be joining one of Australia’s most iconic and agenda driving shows,’ Sarah said in a statement.
‘The Project does news like no other program in Australia and it’s exactly the kind of fun and fearless TV I love to make.’
Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) announced on Sunday night she was quitting effective immediately
Carrie announced her departure from The Project after 12 years on air back in October
‘I can’t wait to share the desk with Waleed, Hamish, Georgie and the rest of the team. I’m excited to shake it up in the new year!’
Channel Ten also confirmed Hamish Macdonald will remain on the desk every Friday and Sunday night while Georgie Tunny will join the panel every Friday night.
The announcement comes after Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Helliar shocked viewers this week when they both announced their departures from the struggling current affairs program.
Peter, 47, announced he was leaving The Project on Tuesday night and explained he decided to quit following the departure of his co-host Carrie.
‘Carrie, you recently said that you are glad you’re leaving The Project while you still love it and I still love the show. I really do,’ he explained.
‘The Project means a lot to me. It’s done amazing things for me. I interviewed Luke Skywalker once… and I look forward to see what the show is in the future.’
The announcement comes after Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Helliar (pictured) shocked viewers this week when they both announced their departures from the struggling current affairs program