ABC presenter Virginia Trioli has sensationally quit her ABC Radio Melbourne 774 mornings show, as she makes a return to TV.
Her stepping down is just months after she returned to the station following a lengthy hiatus caused by a ‘long and complex summer of family illness’.
The host announced her departure on Thursday with her last day to be Friday, September 15.
‘Before I returned to work here in April after my long break over summer, I informed my managers here at ABC Radio Melbourne that I needed to step down from this position of presenting mornings on this station,’ she announced.
‘I now find myself at that stage of life that requires me to live and to work in a different way.’
Virginia Trioli, host of Melbourne ABC Radio 774, has quit and is expected to return to TV
In March, the presenter took to Twitter to explain her absence after confused fans questioned when the popular host would return.
Trioli said she felt she couldn’t commit to the grueling early morning hours of her radio show when her priorities were elsewhere.
‘Some personal news: it’s been a long and complex summer of family illness, and my focus needs to be on home for now,’ she wrote.
‘To my wonderful ABC Melbourne Mornings audience I’ll see you very soon, and many thanks to my ABC colleagues and management for their kindness and support.’
Trioli previously hosted Sunday Arts, Artscape and Q&A with well-placed sources telling the publication the ABC was developing a new prime-time show for Trioli.
The new show is understood to be focused on the arts and will air next year.
The experienced journalist went into the ABC radio job in October 2019, switching from a role as New Breakfast TV co-host.
She replaced Jon Faine who had spent 23 years behind the microphone in the mornings role.
Trioli has been a hit with radio fans with many pleased when she returned after her lengthy summer break.
‘My morning will resume back to ‘normal’ so happy to have you in and around us again. Now 2023 can start again,’ one fan wrote to social media.
‘I’m so pleased you are back. It can be tough coming back to work after a hiatus, so go easy on yourself. Best of luck,’ a third commented.
‘So grateful to have you in our lives. I hope you and your family are blessed with good health, love and happiness. We missed you Virginia,’ fourth wrote.
Trioli (pictured) returned to ABC Radio Melbourne 774 in April after more than four months from when she last hosted her morning radio show
Trioli unexpectedly failed to return to her slot on Monday, March 13, despite it being announced by stand-in presenter Ali Moore.
Moore promoted Trioli’s return at the beginning and end of her show on the previous Friday.
‘It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to be with you over the last couple of months,’ Moore told listeners.