NEW TELEVISION WAR: KERRI-ANNE QUITS!
THE TV VETERAN IS OVER HER NEW GIG ALREADY!
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