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“I don’t think I’m suited to breakfast radio”: Em Rusciano on her struggles at 2DayFM

“I don’t think I’m suited to breakfast radio,” says 2DayFM Breakfast host Em Rusciano, in a candid 90-minute chat with Wil Anderson on his Wilosophy podcast.

Whether Em was foreshadowing her absence on this morning’s Em, Grant and Ed Breakfast show – with nights presenter Ash London filling in – is another question though.

During the candid chat with friend and Triple M host Anderson, Em opens up on the challenges she has faced on 2DayFM Breakfast, in a chat that covers everything from her personal life to the “ego hit” that came with this year’s lineup changes.

At one point Em appears to suggest the inevitability of her own departure from the show, after admitting that she struggles with “containing myself to not get too passionate or fired up about something, not swear, not roll my eyes at every single fucking thing that gets said.

“I just hate, I don’t want to be part of the numbing and dumbing of society. I think that’s going on enough. And sometimes I struggle with the idea of some of the things we do – it’s so frivolous and unnecessary and flippant. I work really hard to do this job, I don’t find it easy.

“I think I’m probably hurtling towards some sort of implosion in the next six months.”

Em then speaks about her initial desire to produce the show, something she claims she fought SCA on when she was first hired.

“I think radio would be a different ball game for me if I could just sell the show. So I pay all the staff. And I tried to fight them on this when they signed me.”

“I struggle in a team environment,” she goes on to say. “I always watch Hamish & Andy and how seamlessly they all gel together. Like, they’ve obviously got their vibe, but also they’ve picked their team.

“I often get put together with people I would never pick to work with, just because of my personality type.”

She also reveals that the departure of Harley Breen was hard to take, and feels that the injection of Ed Kavalee and Grant Denyer was an indication that SCA “deemed me a failure.”

More red flags for Em’s future at 2Day flowed through the rest of the chat as well.

“Radio brings out the worst aspects of my personality, hence the rumours that go around about me within the industry, and I’m hyper aware of that.

“I get desperate. I don’t think I’m suited to breakfast radio, although everyone argued with me… I struggle so much with it.”

The chat is available in full here:

So if Em does pull the plug, who would SCA look to as a replacement?

Do you think any Jane Kennedy, Celia Pacquola, Abby Coleman, Ash London, Tanya Hennessy, Robin Bailey, Emma Freedman or Cat Lynch would fit the bill?
Let us know in the comments below.

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Michael
21 May 2018 - 9:50 am

Abby Coleman would be great and she does HYBPA with Ed already.

Jane Fan girl
21 May 2018 - 10:00 am

Vote 1 Jane Kennedy for 2Dayfm breakfast

The Wolf
21 May 2018 - 10:30 am

Thats an understatement !!! LOL

The Wolf
21 May 2018 - 10:31 am

What gave her that idea…Ratings maybe.

Ed
21 May 2018 - 10:50 am

Time for a Sydney based show. Not from Melbourne.

Ash For Breakfast
21 May 2018 - 11:08 am

H&A didn’t pick their entire team – some yes, most no – that said, she’s right, everyone on that team gels. Why? They actually WANT to work with the talent they’ve been assigned to.

Everyone on Em’s team just needs a job.

Dave
21 May 2018 - 11:13 am

Move Emma over from Triple M brekky I like her. And you only have to ad ‘ MA ‘ to the billboards. Em becomes Emma seemless transition.

Anonomous
21 May 2018 - 11:15 am

To The Wolf that’s a bit unfair. She hasn’t had much of a chance with her other commitments like comedy tours, books, TV she just needs bit more time and needs to move to Sydney.

anon
21 May 2018 - 1:02 pm

Poor Em this is sad to watch. Has she still got the backing of the SCA programming heads ?

Maria
21 May 2018 - 1:57 pm

CARRIE Bickmore for 2Day breakfast 2019.

Derek
21 May 2018 - 5:50 pm

Doing an honest interview certainly not a good way
to keep the job….. )

Guy
21 May 2018 - 8:09 pm

One thinks Nova and KIIS would prefer her to stay in the current position, it would seem unlikely given this erratic behaviour. However no one at the top will take responsibility for it at SCA. The mind boggles what the board thinks….

Shell
21 May 2018 - 10:53 pm

Definitely ash London, she is brilliant and she could easily take over

Sally
22 May 2018 - 6:21 am

@Maria dont think Carrie would do breakfast and she hasn’t really set the world on fire in the afternoon. She amazing on The Project but she is a TV journalist and I dont think would suit breakfast radio.She would be very game to put her hand up for that role anyway. Why would you she’s not stupid.

Peter Johnson
22 May 2018 - 8:12 am

The mgt of SCA have repeatedly said they are committed and will be sticking with Em Rusciano. They have repeatedly said that ratings are not important because everybody listens to the podcast. I expect them to honour their commitment.

Lee
22 May 2018 - 10:27 am

Peter Johnson is right. The management of SCA have repeatedly said they are committed and will be sticking with Em Rusciano. Her socials and podcast is doing well and thats what counts these days.

Rachel
22 May 2018 - 11:15 am

Nova Entertainment and ARN should keep Em on the payroll. She is doing a great job for them.

Erin
22 May 2018 - 11:53 am

I vote em… Em Russianize all the way

Max
23 May 2018 - 9:42 am

Ha! Why would Emma Freedman downgrade to a poorer rating show on the network which is historically destined to fail?