NEW TELE­VI­SION WAR: KERRI-ANNE QUITS!

THE TV VET­ERAN IS OVER HER NEW GIG AL­READY!

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She made her sen­sa­tional re­turn to TV last month. But just weeks af­ter her de­but on Stu­dio 10, Kerri-anne Ken­ner­ley has shocked her on-air col­leagues by dra­mat­i­cally storm­ing out.

The 65-year-old’s much pub­li­cised re­turn to the small screen is hang­ing in the bal­ance as New Idea has learned that she has told friends and Ten col­leagues; “Sorry, I won’t be back next year.”

While news of Kerri-anne’s shock de­par­ture has been de­nied by the net­work, with a spokesper­son say­ing: “she will re­main as a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the panel through 2019,” the TV vet­eran’s fail­ure to show up to Ten’s Up­front event with the rest of the Stu­dio 10 team last week sug­gests oth­er­wise.

In pic­tures shared on so­cial me­dia, co-hosts Sarah Har­ris, An­gela Bishop, Joe Hilde­brand and Denise Scott looked like one big happy fam­ily at the an­nual soiree.

Clearly miss­ing from the “lit­tle team” was Kerri-anne, who is un­der­stood to be over­seas.

“Has KAK left the show?,” one fan asked on In­sta­gram.

Ques­tions arose as to her where­abouts af­ter Kerri-anne was nowhere to be seen on the panel last week, de­spite in­sid­ers con­firm­ing she was sched­uled to make her reg­u­lar ap­pear­ance on the Mon­day and Tues­day.

Her no-show fol­lows her out­burst at The Chaser co­me­dian Charles Firth for the group’s prank on Alan Jones – in which they pub­licly re­vealed the ra­dio shock jock’s phone num­ber.

Kerri-anne re­tal­i­ated by writ­ing down Firth’s num­ber on a piece of pa­per and boldly hold­ing it up to the cam­era.

“Call Charles, there you go,” she said, in­fu­ri­at­ing Ten bosses.

“Then when Sarah told her to be quiet and let their guest speak, the whole crew gasped,” an in­sider re­vealed, say­ing that Kerri-anne’s de­mand­ing be­hav­iour has also been a cause for con­tention.

“Her clas­sic KAK ego has kicked in. She hates the friv­o­lous tone of the team and lack of hard-hit­ting in­ter­views to grab news­pa­per head­lines, which was her forte at Nine.”

And Kerri-anne is said to be less than im­pressed with Stu­dio 10’ s dire rat­ings with views wa­ver­ing be­tween a mea­gre 50,000 to 60,000 a day.

“She can­not be­lieve the rat­ings for Stu­dio 10 ... num­bers she never saw in her Nine days,” ex­plains the in­sider.

In fact, Kerri-anne’s loy­al­ties ap­pear to be lean­ing more to­wards Nine af­ter she posted an In­sta­gram snap of her­self sur­rounded by the cast of Fam­ily Food Fight.

“Ten ex­ecs are not happy. Not only have they pen­cilled her in for a role in the Danc­ing with the Stars re­boot, but to add in­sult to in­jury, she re­cently filmed an episode of Fam­ily Food Fight for Nine!”

Those in the know say Kerri-anne has got a taste for the lime­light af­ter be­ing off air for so long and is now look­ing for an even big­ger gig.

“When some­one doesn’t have their own show, it doesn’t mean they’re dead,” she re­vealed to TV Week re­cently. “It’s just a per­cep­tion peo­ple have, be­cause they’re so used to see­ing them in the pub­lic eye.

She con­tin­ued: “Over the years, I’ve worked on Seven’s Sun­day Night, where I’ve gone to Africa to do fab­u­lous shows on en­dan­gered rhi­nos. I’ve also worked on some lovely long-for­mat prime-time shows.

“I never dis­ap­peared, I just didn’t do a show five days a week. ”

Kerri-anne made her re­turn to Ten last month, af­ter first launch­ing her pre­sent­ing ca­reer on the net­work in 1981, be­fore go­ing on to host shows on both Seven and Nine.

While she was ini­tially happy to re­place Denise Drys­dale – she saw it as a great op­por­tu­nity to get back on live net­work TV – the star now thinks she can do much bet­ter than the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

And the fact that fel­low panel mem­ber Sarah is so well-liked at Ten has re­ally put KAK’S nose out of joint.

Kerri-anne is said to be shocked and em­bar­rassed by Stu­dio 10’s dis­mal rat­ings. “Our lit­tle team,” Sarah cap­tioned this snap of the crew with­out KAK.

THE MO­MENT KAK CRACKED AND LASHED OUT ON AIR

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