Merrick Watts will officially put his radio career on hold come the end of 2017.
Watts, who hosts Merrickville from 4pm-6pm weeknights won’t try and extend his contract after it expires at the year’s end.
The hilarious entertainer came to the decision to leave the network after he realised he wanted to invest more time into his comedy work.
"I'm a comedian first, broadcaster second," he said Justin Hamilton's podcast Can You Take This Photo Please. "I think I'll take a year out of radio next year. At least, on a full-time basis."
Watts also spoke to Fairfax Media, Watts revealed he took some time to make the huge decision particularly because his relationship with Triple M is so strong.
"It just feels like the right time," he said. "At the start of this year I started my solo standup show, and I was in Adelaide and thought, right, this will be my last year [of radio]. It just evolved that way. You've always got to take the time [to decide].
"You can't work in radio forever. Otherwise, you're John Laws and that's ridiculous."
Watts also spilled on his aspirations to take on acting. "I love radio, I just need to do other stuff," he said. "I just need to do different things and be in a different creative space. If I come back into radio, it'll be a different evolution and I'll have learnt other things from elsewhere."
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