Grant Denyer departs Sunrise

After 10 years as Sunrise this morning Grant Denyer has decided to leave the program.

Denyer, who has held the position on and off for the past 10 years, said he was leaving to spend more time with wife Cheryl and young daughter Sailor.

“It’s the greatest job in the world, but … now that Sailor is nearly two she probably needs to find out who her dad is,” he said.

He made the announcement two years after returning to the role he had from 2004 to 2006

As well as the relentless early rises, the role demands a lot of travel to the corners of the country, by both air and road.

In 2011 he noted, ”You get to see some of the great places of the country, (but) it is at breakneck speed and it can’t be sustained.

“There has to be some normality pretty soon. I am not going to sacrifice my lifestyle just for a breakfast television show; it’s not worth it.”

Weekend Sunrise weatherman James Tobin, is tipped take over the role until Seven announces a replacement.

source daily telegraph