Dave Hughes to exit The Project

Dave Hughes will exit The Project later this week after 4 and a half years on air.

Hughsy whose first love is Stand up comedy will embark on a national tour from February.

“It’s been a tough decision to give up my regular seat on the desk next to Carrie, Charlie and every other brilliant person who works on the show. It was a unique way to do news when it started almost five years ago and it still is. “I’m proud to have been involved from its birth. I’ve been banging on about doing a proper national stand-up tour for years and if I don’t do it now before my kids start school, I never will. I will still pop up on the show from the road on a weekly basis whether they like it or not. Good luck to Pete, even though he won’t need it, he has always been fantastic on the show.” he said.

Dave will be replaced by Project favoritite Peter Helliar who will join the team full time from January.

“I’ve had the pleasure of filling in for Hughesy in 2013 and now, after getting over the disappointment of missing out on the So You Think You Can Dance Australia hosting gig, I’m incredibly proud to be joining Carrie and Charlie on The Project in 2014. I look forward to covering everything from Royal Commissions to Justin Bieber’s latest stripper/graffiti/pet-monkey adventures, often in the same show, sometimes in the same story.”

Dave’s final show will air later this week however he will still make regular weekly appearances.

The Project airs 6:30 Weeknights on TEN