Thu, 12 Jul, 2018
Ita Buttrose’s surprising new job
Less than three months after her shock departure from Studio 10, Ita Buttrose has scored a new job on a rival network.
The veteran TV presenter appeared on Nine’s Today Extra this morning, where she revealed she’d be co-hosting the show alongside David Campbell while Sonia Kruger was away on a “top-secret” work assignment next week.
“It’s lovely having you here. Sonia’s going on a bit of a trip next week — she’s got to go away and do a story overseas — so you’re going to come and help …” Campbell said during the segment.
“I am – I’m going to come and host with you, David,” Buttrose replied. “I’m really looking forward to it – I think we’re going to have a lot of fun.”
Kruger added: “I’m leaving it in your very capable hands.”
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) July 12, 2018
It’s not the first time Buttrose has shown up on a different network.
In May, the 76-year-old appeared on Seven's The Morning Show to discuss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding.
Earlier this year, Buttrose shocked fans by announcing she was leaving Studio 10 after five years.
Explaining her decision, Buttrose said that “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 told fellow panellists Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand and Denise Drysdale.
However, rumours had been swirling for months that Buttorse and Drysdale’s relationship had fractured over an incident involving Brussel sprouts, which both parties obliquely referenced in separate interviews after Buttrose left the show.