Joe Hildebrand QUITS Studio 10: Tearful host breaks down live on air

Studio 10 panellist Joe Hildebrand has announced he is quitting the show.

On Thursday, the 44-year-old broke down in tears live on air as he revealed he had come to the difficult decision to leave after seven years.

The presenter's position on the morning talk show had been up in the air ever since Channel 10 announced its latest round of redundancies last month. 

Addressing the uncertainty surrounding his role on the show, Joe explained that he 'wanted to rip the Band-Aid off and not make it harder than it has to be'.

'My time here has been wonderful': Joe Hildebrand has announced he is quitting Studio 10

'My time here has been wonderful': Joe Hildebrand has announced he is quitting Studio 10

Joe was joined by Kerri-Anne Kennerley, entertainment reporter Angela Bishop and host Sarah Harris as he announced his departure. 

He began: 'I do have some news. I want to say it here first before you saw it or heard it anywhere else.

'I am leaving Studio 10. I have given it a huge amount of thought. It's been really hard, but also really lovely to be able to look back on all the things we have done.

'We all know the show is getting a bit of a shake-up. Channel 10 and my lovely bosses asked me if I'd stay on in a new role. We talked about it openly and warmly about what that might look like.' 

'Time for the show to have a fresh start': On Thursday, the 44-year-old broke down in tears live on air as he revealed he had come to the difficult decision to leave after seven years

'Time for the show to have a fresh start': On Thursday, the 44-year-old broke down in tears live on air as he revealed he had come to the difficult decision to leave after seven years

Speaking of his bosses' reaction when he told them he was leaving Studio 10, Joe said: 'They're really lovely about it, so don't lash out at them!'

'I just thought, it's probably just better to draw a line under this amazing little story that I've been lucky enough to be a part of,' he added.

'[I want to] give the show a chance to breathe and have a fresh start without me hanging around.'

Friends: Sarah Harris (pictured) was overcome with emotion as Joe announced his resignation

Friends: Sarah Harris (pictured) was overcome with emotion as Joe announced his resignation

Getting it over with: Addressing the uncertainty surrounding his role on the show, Joe explained that he 'wanted to rip the Band-Aid off and not make it harder than it has to be'

Getting it over with: Addressing the uncertainty surrounding his role on the show, Joe explained that he 'wanted to rip the Band-Aid off and not make it harder than it has to be' 

Joe continued: 'With all painful things you want to rip the Band-Aid off quickly and not make it any harder than it otherwise would be.

'It's just been an amazing... I promise I wouldn't use the word 'journey'... but [it's been] such an amazing time!'

Joe became tearful as he spoke of his 'wonderful seven years' on Studio 10, as well as his close friendship with his 'work wife',

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