Charlie Pickering to depart The Project

Yet another The Project host is departing the program.

Charlie Pickering who has been with the show since it began in 2007 has decided to leave the program.

“The Project has been an incredible ride. I have been able to interview everyone from Prime  Ministers and astrophysicists to my comedy heroes like Will Ferrell, John Cleese, Clive James and Billy  Connolly. Charlie said: “As a stand-up comedian I have never planned to do one thing for five years, let alone five days a week. At the  end of last year it was clear to me that I needed to find new challenges.  “I’m very thankful to Ten for all they have done for me. From casting me as a team captain on Talkin’ ‘Bout  Your Generation to believing that I could anchor a show like The Project, their support has been invaluable. I  hope it is a relationship that will continue into the future,” he said. “

I will miss working with Carrie, Pete Helliar and all of our regulars. I will miss having my hair maintained by a  team of professionals.  Our show has been able to provide a voice to many in our community who go unnoticed. And of that I am immensely proud.  “Sarah and I are also thrilled to be expecting our first child later this year, and will use this opportunity to take  a trip overseas while we still can,” Charlie said.
Network Ten Executive Director of News and Current Affairs, Peter Meakin, said: “As a network, we owe  Charlie a big debt of gratitude. He has been an essential part of The Project for five years. We have already  discussed another concept which would showcase his considerable talents but it’s very early days yet.”

Craig Campbell, Executive Producer, Roving Enterprises, said: “Since Charlie joined The Project we have  watched him grow from a stand-up comedian to an accomplished broadcaster. His talent and skills have  enabled us to develop a formidable format that we are incredibly proud of.  “I look forward to his return from the States and hope we will see him back on The Project sometime soon

Charlie’s final show will be on Monday April 7.

The Project airs 6:30 PM weeknights on Ten.