Basmah Qazi

Carrie Bickmore’s emotional farewell from The Project

Carrie Bickmore’s emotional farewell from The Project

With her third child on the way, Carrie Bickmore is saying farewell to The Project to focus on her new bub as she goes on maternity leave.

Posting to Instagram on Thursday before her last episode, Carrie posted a snap of herself alongside The Project team.

The photo included co-hosts Waleed Aly, 40, Peter Helliar, 43, and Rachel Corbett, 37, as Carrie held back emotions.

Carrie will go on maternity leave to focus on her newest family member but will return to hosting the show next year.

“My last night on the desk,” she wrote on Instagram.

“Maternity leave is such a strange time. I always feel genuinely sad leaving a job I love and work family who I genuinely enjoy spending time with but on the other hand I am so excited and (slightly terrified!!) heading off to have another bub and spend precious time with my beautiful family.

“I am looking forward to having my head out of the news cycle and into smelly nappies. See you back on the desk next year.”

Towards the final moments of her last episode, her co-hosts gifted her with a photo of Peter, Rachel and Waleed in baby clothes.

“You need some lovely artwork for the nursery, I think,” said Pete.

“Something calming,” added Rachel as Carrie laughed.

Carrie made a few admissions on last night's show, as she said it was “hard” for her colleagues to work with her during her time being pregnant, as she had been in “so much pain”, but she appreciated the support of her co-hosts.

She was also presented with a giant bouquet of flowers.

Carrie announced her pregnancy back in June.