WHO: After so many changes at Studio 10 with the departure of Jessica Rowe and Ita Buttrose, you’re not going anywhere, are you?
SARAH: Not that I’ve heard! No, no I’m there. Front and centre. Within a few months of me coming back, Jess had left, Ita had left and I was sniffing my armpits going, “Is it me?’ It’s devastating when a founding panel member goes—it’s like losing a family member.
But the show has to evolve and it’s a good thing to have fresh blood. It’s been really nice learning about the new panel members, Angela Bishop and Denise Scott. Denise Scott—I call her Australia’s mum— I just love her. Then you’ve got beautiful Ange, who is more than an entertainment reporter, she’s got a political-science degree. She’s had such emotional upheaval in the past six months, losing her husband, she’s bringing something completely new to the table.
Soon Kerri-Anne Kennerly joins the panel too.
SARAH: We could not be more thrilled to have the dame of television joining. I’ve admired Kerri-Anne and her effortless ability to navigate live TV for many years. Ita and Jess are irreplaceable but I’m loving these new additions.
WHO: Looking ahead, is there something else you’d like to achieve?
SARAH: Right now, I’m living my ideal life. I love live TV. I love news and current affairs. Down the track, I’d love to move into breakfast TV. But at the moment, not with the kids. I’m liking being myself. Since I’ve come to Ten, I can be who I really am and a bit unfiltered, not some super-polished version.