Popular radio announcers Hamish Blake and Andy Lee have confirmed that they will not return to their radio show at the end of 2017.
The two made the shock announcement at the end of their 2016 show on December 2; claiming they've chosen to quit radio in order to focus on other projects.
“It’s a funny thing to call it a year out,” Hamish Blake said about breaking the news.
“It feels a bit like we’re making a big deal about dessert when we haven’t finished eating our entrees yet. For whatever reason there’s so much speculation about whether we’re leaving radio.
“This has been the first time we’ve known for sure what we want to do. So we wanted to let our listeners know so they can come on the ride together and it can be a really fun celebratory year and we can go out with a bang.”
Blake, 34, added it felt right “going out on a high”.
“We’ve never loved doing radio as much as we love doing it now. That’s a perfect time to end — we’re not ending tomorrow, we’ve still got another full year, we can really savour it,” he added.
Lee, 35, revealed he and his cohost considered ending their time on air this year, yet they decided to continue their show for 12 more months.
“We were potentially thinking about ending on radio this year but we were just having too much fun,” Andy Lee said. “We just had to keep going.”
The two became a comedy duo in 2003 after they met while studying commerce at the University of Melbourne.
At the time, they began presenting a radio show on the Student Youth Network and a TV sketch show called Radio Karate. However, 13 years on, the two have a household name thanks to their drivetime Hamish and Andy Show -which has since earned them a huge fanbase who tunes in every afternoon from Monday to Friday on the Hit Network.
The show has become the highest-rating radio series in Australian history.