In news of the: NO, NO, PLEASE GOD, NO. Much loved Aussie radio pals, Hamish Blake and Andy Lee are officially quitting radio.
The duo broke the somber news on their show today, wanting to give listeners an early warning that 2017 will be their last year on radio, “It’s a funny thing to call it a year out,” Hamish said.
“It feels a bit like we’re making a big deal about dessert when we haven’t finished eating our entrees yet. For whatever reason there’s so much speculation about whether we’re leaving radio. This has been the first time we’ve known for sure what we want to do. So we wanted to let our listeners know so they can come on the ride together and it can be a really fun celebratory year and we can go out with a bang.”
Why, why, oh god why?!
Turns out Hamish and Andy are heading back to our tellys, the two will soon concentrate on their next TV show for Channel 9, which will launch in July. Their radio show won’t return until 27 March. From early next year, a retrospective series ’10 Years in 10 Weeks’ will air from January 16.
“In terms of going out on a high it feels right,” Blake said. “We’ve never loved doing radio as much as we love doing it now. That’s a perfect time to end — we’re not ending tomorrow, we’ve still got another full year, we can really savour it.”
“We were potentially thinking about ending on radio this year but we were just having too much fun,” Andy added. “We just had to keep going.”
The two aren’t yet revealing much about their next TV project, which will start filming in February. They have assured listeners it will be different to what they’ve produced before.
“It’s not travel, it something completely different, it’s not another Gap Year,” Lee said. “People might dislike it at the beginning but will hopefully learn to love it.”
You will be missed boys! Cue sad music…