Former The Project star Charlie Pickering makes a VERY blunt statement about his time on the struggling current affairs show
Charlie Pickering has confessed he was never invited back to The Project after quitting almost a decade ago.
Speaking to this week’s Stellar Magazine, the 45-year-old bluntly said, “You didn’t ask, and I don’t think I would.”
Pickering abruptly left the Channel 10 show to join ABC in 2014 because he felt working for the commercial network compromised his moral values.
Charlie Pickering (pictured) has confessed he was never invited back to The Project after quitting almost a decade ago
However, the comedian had some kind words to say about the struggling current affairs show.
“I would say it’s a great show and it’s been a wonderful opportunity for some really smart, fun people to make great television,” he told the publication.
Referring to the recent mass exodus of the show’s biggest stars, Charlie said, “It’s natural that people will look for other options.”
Pickering abruptly left Channel 10’s The Project to join ABC in 2014 because he felt working for the commercial network compromised his moral values. Pictured alongside former co-hosts Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar
Pickering also believes the program can weather recent lineup changes and ratings drops.
“The Today show has been on for so long and has had so many host changes,” he said.
New stars Sam Taunton and Michael Hing have joined The Project for 2023, along with Sarah and existing panelists Waleed Aly and Hamish Macdonald.
Georgie Tunny, who is already an integral part of the current show, also appears in the new season.
However, he believes the program can weather recent line-up changes and ratings drops. “The Today show has been on for so long and has had so many host changes,” he said
It follows the mass exit of stars Carrie Bickmore, Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Helliar from the troubled series last year.
Tommy Little was also quietly removed as a regular panelist, but will make sporadic appearances on the show.
Pickering, meanwhile, hosts a new breakfast program on ABC Radio every Friday from 5:30 to 8:00 am.
In 2015, he began hosting his own TV show, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, as well as the annual special, The Yearly with Charlie Pickering.
Read more in this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine