Em Rusciano is leaving 2DayFM Breakfast
Em Rusciano has announced that she is permanently departing 2DayFM Breakfast.
Speaking this morning on Em, Grant and Ed, Rusciano revealed that she will not return to the show after her third child is born in early 2019, with this Friday September 7 her last show.
Ash London will fill in for Em until a replacement for the 2019 lineup has been determined.
In a statement republished on the Hit Network website, she said; ”The truth is when I found out I was pregnant, I made my mind up on the spot that this year would be my last year of breakfast radio.
“I had intended to work through until December, but as my pregnancy is progressing I’m finding it increasingly harder to fulfil the requirements of my job. So after talking it through with my family, and my boss Gemma, it was decided that I should finish up.
“I want to thank everyone who listened right from the start, however you consumed our show – be it podcast, Facebook videos or listening to us live, I appreciate it. I still marvel that people actively choose to let me into their lives for a small portion of their day.
“That’s my favourite part of this job, and something I sometimes forget that’s even happening when I’m sitting in that small studio talking into a stick.”
She also revealed she will fill-in for Grant when he is away later this year.
Em Rusciano started on 2DayFM in 2017 on Breakfast for The Em Rusciano show with Harley Breen. Breen departed after one year, with Em joined in 2018 by experienced radio head Ed Kavalee and TV personality Grant Denyer.
In the recent Survey #5 results, 2DayFM Breakfast slumped to a 3.3% share of listening (-1.0).
“We are so thrilled for Em and her family that after everything they experienced last year they will have a beautiful baby in their world early next year,” said Hit Network head of content Gemma Fordham.
“Em had a heart to heart with me last month and let me know that she would like to wrap up breakfast hours and focus on her growing family and her other many creative pursuits. The business 100% supports and understands Em’s decision.
“Em has always been forthright and honest with our listeners, sharing every intimate detail of her life, and she will continue to be part of the 2DayFM family when she can for the remainder of this year.”
This Friday will be her last show, and Em will have a big send off with Em’s Big Baby Brunch, where she will be joined by 100 pregnant listeners for a food celebration.