Ita Buttrose has defended her call to leave the breakfast show Studio 10 in her final appearance on the show just this morning, a day after her departure was made public.
Buttrose explained that although her exit was made public the previous day, she had already tendered her resignation before Jessica Rowe, who also left the show in the middle of March.
“I resigned two days before Jessica did, but given her announcement, I left mine until it was more convenient because I think didn’t you wanted two of us to go together. I didn’t really ‘spring it’,” Buttrose was quoted as saying in a recent report.
And while colleagues Sarah Harris and Joe Hildebrand peppered Buttrose with praise, Denise Drysdale was noticeably silent, fanning the flame of a rumoured feud between the two.
“It was such a shock. It was a shock to hear you’re leaving,” said Harris.
“Well, parting is such sweet sorrow,” remarked Buttrose, explaining “there comes a time in your life where you have to decide what else you want to do with your life.”
“I’ve got five grandchildren … I want to spend a bit more time with them. I’ve come to an agreement with a publisher to write a couple of books,” she explained.
Harris considered working on Studio 10 as “a hard slog,” telling viewers that Buttrose was often the first to arrive in the studio each and every morning.
“You are here so early, you’re so well prepared for every show. As a founding member of the show, it’s sort of like losing a family member,” Harris told her.
Hildebrand described working with Buttrose as an “enormous privilege,” recognising her for everything she’d done for the show.
Drysdale did not say a single word throughout the segment, managing to speak only when Buttrose kidded that Hildebrand’s stubble made him appear like George Michael.
“He’s dead,” Drysdale said.
“He’s dead? Thank you, Denise,” said Buttrose. It was the only interaction between the two during the opening segment.
Buttrose said that she had no regrets whatsoever about her decision to step away from the show.
The supposed tension between Buttrose and Drysdale was reported back in February with the two supposedly no longer speaking to one another off the camera, a claim that the network rebuffed.
The feud allegedly reached fever pitch late last year when Drysdale reportedly threw a Brussels sprout at her Buttrose during a cooking segment.
Buttrose’s departure comes a month after the show lost its long-running co-host Jessica Rowe, who announced on air that she was leaving the program to concentrate on her family.