Emotional Jane Kennedy farewells Kennedy Molloy
Jane Kennedy has officially farewelled the Triple M audience and her on-air partner, Mick Molloy, in an emotional live broadcast.
Kennedy thanked Triple M, but was particularly full of praise for Molloy, who she referred to as her “sixth child”, but also as a gentleman who fought behind-the-scenes for pay equality.
“Mick has a persona, and sometimes I think people don’t really get you, but I do, and you’re a sweetheart, Micky, and I do love you, and you know that. And also I don’t think people understand how much you do behind the scenes, and you never talk about it, and I’m not going to talk about it now, but I just want everyone to know that you’re such a good person,” she said on air.
“You also possess something that is very very important, and that is manners… and manners is very important. You can still have a bit of a laugh and fun and hoon around, but thank you Micky, for being a gentleman with me, also one of the first men in this country I will say, to absolutely insist on parity, which in this day and age of when you work in the workplace with men and women, there was no doubt that we’re treated as equals, and I just wanted to make sure that I let everybody know that from the word go, also even calling the show Kennedy Molloy… thank you very much for that Micky, that meant a lot.”
The duo said they had planned to be on air together for at least a decade, rather than the three-and-a-half years for which Kennedy Molloy lasted, but Kennedy said life got in the way.
“I’m sorry everyone, I’ve loved it… It’s bloody overwhelming, and I want to do the right thing by my kids,” she explained, echoing the words from the press release issued on Friday afternoon announcing her shock departure.
“I thought I could juggle everything, and this is the highlight of my day, as you know, coming and seeing you guys and mucking around…. But what happens is when you do a show like this which I love, and Mick and I have both been around for a long time, you put a lot of effort into it. You want to make it a good show. And I just felt I couldn’t do 100% with kids, and with a radio show. And unfortunately these pesky five teenagers are going to have to come first,” she explained.
Kennedy said it was a treat to be able to do a national radio show on Triple M which has such amazing reach.
Molloy echoed her sentiments and said Kennedy was “more than anyone’s equal”.
He also referred to Kennedy as his “showbiz wife” and “such a strong female voice on this station, which it had been crying out for”.
“Radio is a business and we’d do it forever, but I’ve just thoroughly enjoyed the last three-and-a-half years, not only working with one of my favourite people in the world, but doing really good radio, as far as we’re concerned, and Jane’s as good as anyone in the business,” Molloy said.
The duo promised to work together again in the future.
Molloy now helms the syndicated Drive show on Triple M solo, under the revised name Molloy.
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