The hosts of Studio 10 were left to deal with the aftermath of the show’s axing on live on air on Wednesday morning, just hours after Network Ten announced the morning program would be no more.
Channel Ten revealed on Tuesday that Studio 10 had officially been axed after more than a decade on Australian screens, with its last broadcast happening on December 22.
On Wednesday, hosts Angela Bishop, Tristan MacManus and Jess Eva made awkward small talk after the news dropped.
MacManus appeared to be at a loss for words, repeatedly stammering and rambling as he spoke.
‘For those of you who do not know, we had a very sad announcement to make yesterday. I mean, it was… peppered with joy, I suppose, as well…’ he began.
‘But a bit of a disappointing, um, announcement we had to make… yesterday in that Studio 10 will not be returning to our morning, um, time of 10am every morning.’
MacManus added that the team will attempt to make their last remaining appearances ‘the most entertaining, fun and warm’, which they’ve ‘always tried to do’.
As for Bishop, the television presenter was on the verge of tears as she addressed the program’s axing.
‘Rest assured we all had a whole lot of hugs yesterday as this news came in,’ she said with her voice cracking.
‘It’s an achievement for Australian television, it really is to be on the air for 10 years.’
Meanwhile, Bishop was forced to put on a brave face on Tuesday just hours after the announcement.
The 56-year-old TV host was seen out and about looking very upbeat and in good spirits.
Wearing a short, long-sleeved pink floral dress, the blonde sported a freshly-styled blowout and rocked a pair of black platform heels.
The TV host smiled and sported gold jewellery, looking very dressed up for her outing.
Following the announcement of Studio 10’s cancellation, staff of Channel Ten hit back at network executives after receiving a brutal email that informed employees of the axing.
Crew members on the breakfast show were left furious by the ’emotionless and cold’ announcement that the last episode would air on December 22.
The email, sent just after 1pm on Tuesday, explained the program was being canned, but offered no words of support or comfort to the team, reported The Daily Telegraph.
According to the publication, a senior Channel 10 staff member said many employees were disgruntled by the lack of empathy and care in the email.
‘Just two weeks ago Studio 10 was celebrating its 10th anniversary on air – now the team isn’t even being thanked for its hard work or successes,’ they said.
They added: ‘For management to blame it on a “change in viewing habits” rather than poor decision making at the top is unfair.’
In the email, Network News Director Martin White said ‘there will be a new morning lineup’ in 2024.
He added there would be ‘an increased focus on news and current affairs throughout the day’, with a 3.30pm news bulletin being added to the timetable.
‘We will be welcoming some members from the Studio 10 team into the news team. No news jobs will be impacted because of this change,’ he wrote.
A spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday the last episode of Studio 10 will air on Friday, December 22, after more than a decade on Australian screens.
Hosts Angela Bishop, Narelda Jacobs and Tristan MacManus, as well as special roving reporter Daniel Doody, will remain with the network and be deployed in different roles.
Bishop and McManus admitted in an emotional Instagram video it had been a ‘tough day’ after being informed about the news at lunchtime on Tuesday.
‘It’s a tough day for the whole Studio 10 family because we have loved bringing you the show for the last 10 years,’ Bishop said.
‘We’re all really proud to be part of it. To finish up, I’m going to pinch a quote, “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened”.’
Meanwhile, another network spokesperson thanked the show’s hosts, past and present, staff and viewers for supporting the program.