Fran Kelly, 64, says her ABC talk show Frankly may NOT be renewed for another season – after critics said ‘much younger’ talent should host the series instead of her
ABC personality Fran Kelly says she’s unsure whether her talk show Frankly will be back in 2023 following backlash from critics that she was too old to host the series.
Kelly, 64, told TV Tonight that ABC management is yet to even discuss whether they will renew the weekly half-hour arts and culture series.
Meanwhile, Kelly says she is hopeful that the show, which had fairly unspectacular ratings throughout its run, will return next year.
ABC personality Fran Kelly is unsure whether her new talk show Frankly will be back in 2023. (Pictured with actor Richard E. Grant in Friday’s episode of Frankly)
‘We can see the numbers slowly building,’ she said. ‘They’ve gone up basically every week since week two.’
The veteran journalist added: ‘The social media is gangbusters.’
Past guests have included AFL legend and Australian of the Year Adam Goodes, comedian Will Anderson, actress Magda Szubanski and pop music icon Natalie Imbruglia.
Other featured guests include off-beat choices such as biomedical engineer Jordan Nguyen, Ukrainian ballet dancer Vladyslava Ihnatenko and screenwriter Hannah Carroll.
Kelly, 64, told TV Tonight that ABC management is yet to even discuss whether they will renew the weekly half-hour arts and culture series. Pictured with Magda Szubanski
Launched on October 7, the show pulled in 308,000 viewers in the overnight metro ratings.
It fell to just 259,000 viewers only two weeks later.
But last week’s show featuring comedian Tim Minchin, cricketer Waim Akram and solo sailor Lisa Blair, lured 298,000 fans in the major capitals.
Kelly told TV Tonight that the audience feedback has been positive, though viewers have complained that the show, which runs for just 35minutes an episode, is too short.
Launched on October 7, Frankly pulled in 308,000 viewers in the overnight metro ratings
She also commented on the media brawl surrounding ABC’s choice to have her anchor the high profile gig.
Critics, including Nine reporter Thomas Mitchell, complained that it should have gone to a ‘younger talent’.
Progressive journalist Osman Faruqi also blasted the decision and accused the ABC of ‘giving up on young people’.
Kelly took on the role after stepping down from presenting ABC Radio National’s breakfast after 17 years.
‘I’m glad it quietened down,’ she said of the controversy. ‘I’m glad I could just get on with what I was trying to do with Frankly, and I’m glad it worked.’
The final episode of the primetime arts and culture chat show will screen on Friday featuring famed British actor Richard E. Grant, comedian Joel Creasey and singers Vika and Linda Bull.
Past guests have included AFL legend and Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes (far left) Also Pictured: Sandi Toksvig (2nd right) , David Hardy, Fran Kelly (centre) and Big Freedia (far right)