Jessica Rowe is still scarred from Today show ‘boning’ incident 15 years ago


Jessica Rowe has revealed she still bears the scars of her traumatic departure from Channel Nine in 2007, admitting she spent years wondering what she had done wrong to deserve such treatment. 

The 51-year-old journalist left the network in 2007, supposedly due to a pay dispute, a year after then-CEO Eddie McGuire threatened to ‘bone’ – meaning sack – her as host of the Today show.

Reflecting on that incredibly difficult chapter in her life, she told New Idea: ‘I could not comprehend the level of nastiness directed my way.’

Trauma: Jessica Rowe has revealed she still bears the scars of her traumatic departure from Nine in 2007, admitting she spent years wondering what she had done wrong to deserve such treatment. Pictured with then-Nine CEO Eddie McGuire on July 25, 2006, in Sydney

‘All because I smiled, I had short hair, I was too thin, I didn’t have a child – people didn’t know that I was going through IVF at the time – and I snort when I laugh,’ she added.

‘It was so public and cruel – definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever been through, career-wise.

‘I was picked on mercilessly and couldn’t understand what I had done wrong. No I know I did nothing wrong. I was simply being myself.’

Rowe did not specify whether the ‘nastiness’ chapter towards her came from viewers, the press or her colleagues at Channel Nine.

'Boning' incident: The 51-year-old journalist left the network in 2007, supposedly due to a pay dispute, a year after McGuire threatened to 'bone' - meaning sack - her as host of the Today show. Pictured on Today with co-anchor Karl Stefanovic

‘Boning’ incident: The 51-year-old journalist left the network in 2007, supposedly due to a pay dispute, a year after McGuire threatened to ‘bone’ – meaning sack – her as host of the Today show. Pictured on Today with co-anchor Karl Stefanovic

History: Reflecting on that incredibly difficult chapter in her life, she told New Idea: 'I could not comprehend the level of nastiness directed my way... It was so public and cruel'

History: Reflecting on that incredibly difficult chapter in her life, she told New Idea: ‘I could not comprehend the level of nastiness directed my way… It was so public and cruel’

It comes after Rowe told The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Thursday she switches her TV to mute whenever McGuire’s game show Millionaire Hot Seat is on.

Radio presenter Kyle Sandilands asked Rowe whether she’d allow McGuire, 56, to ‘apologise’ to her on air following the ‘boning’ scandal. 

‘I don’t think he would [apologise],’ she said.

‘I think he might!’ Sandilands interjected, adding: ‘He might have grown up as well.’ 

Remaining diplomatic, Rowe replied: ‘You know what? I wish him well in the sense of… we’ve all moved on.

'We still mute him': It comes after Rowe told The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Thursday she switches her TV to mute whenever McGuire's game show Millionaire Hot Seat (pictured) is on

‘We still mute him’: It comes after Rowe told The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Thursday she switches her TV to mute whenever McGuire’s game show Millionaire Hot Seat (pictured) is on

However, Rowe couldn’t deny that she still holds some lingering resentment. 

‘There’s that particular part of me that’s like, “No!”… I mean, we still mute him when he comes on before Petey’s news,’ she admitted. 

She was referring to her husband Peter Overton, who hosts Nine News Sydney’s 6pm news bulletin, which airs right after Millionaire Hot Seat.

Bad timing: Rowe's husband Peter Overton (pictured) hosts Nine News Sydney's 6pm news bulletin, which airs right after Millionaire Hot Seat

Bad timing: Rowe’s husband Peter Overton (pictured) hosts Nine News Sydney’s 6pm news bulletin, which airs right after Millionaire Hot Seat

Rowe and McGuire’s falling out occurred in 2006, while she was still hosting Channel Nine’s Today show alongside Karl Stefanovic.  

McGuire, who the CEO of Channel Nine at the time, infamously threatened to ‘bone’ her from the show during a 2006 meeting with network executives.

The humiliating comments ultimately led to Rowe leaving the network in May 2007, following her maternity leave.

Controversial: McGuire, who was the CEO of Channel Nine at the time, infamously threatened to 'bone' her from the show during a 2006 meeting with network executives

Controversial: McGuire, who was the CEO of Channel Nine at the time, infamously threatened to ‘bone’ her from the show during a 2006 meeting with network executives

In a 2016 interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Rowe revealed McGuire’s comments led to ‘a very dark period’ in her life.

‘That year was a terrible time in my life,’ she told the newspaper. 

‘And it was not helped by public abuse, abuse from within the network that I worked at and abuse from someone who was in charge of that particular network.’ 

'That year was a terrible time in my life': In a 2016 interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Rowe revealed McGuire's comments ultimately led to 'a very dark period' in her life

‘That year was a terrible time in my life’: In a 2016 interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Rowe revealed McGuire’s comments ultimately led to ‘a very dark period’ in her life



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