The Project hosts deliver on-air tribute to Gorgi Coghlan as she leaves the show after 10 years


The Project hosts Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar delivered a touching on-air tribute to their co-host Gorgi Coghlan on Wednesday, after she announced she was leaving the show.

Despite Gorgi, 45, being absent from the panel, the hosts said they were ‘sad to see her go’ at the end of the episode, before sharing their experiences of working with her over the years. 

‘Before we go, we wanted to say a huge thank you for all your heartfelt messages about Gorgi leaving the show,’ Carrie, 40, said to viewers.

Goodbye: The Project hosts Carrie Bickmore (right), Waleed Aly (left) and Peter Helliar delivered a touching on-air tribute to their co-host Gorgi Coghlan on Wednesday, after she announced she was leaving the show for pastures new

‘We are sad to see her go as well – she’ll always be part of The Project family. We love you Gorgi, and we wish you all the best.’

Peter was quick to chime in: ‘I think I’m going to miss you the most, as your laugh makes my jokes 20 per cent funnier.’

Waleed added: ‘It has been a privilege to work with you, no doubt stay in touch. Thanks so much for your contribution.’ 

New adventure: Despite Gorgi Coghlan (pictured) being absent from the panel, the hosts said they were 'sad to see her go' at the end of the episode before sharing their experiences of working with her over the years

New adventure: Despite Gorgi Coghlan (pictured) being absent from the panel, the hosts said they were ‘sad to see her go’ at the end of the episode before sharing their experiences of working with her over the years

Hilarious: Peter Helliar (pictured) was quick to chime in: 'I think I’m going to miss you the most, as your laugh makes my jokes 20 per cent funnier'

Hilarious: Peter Helliar (pictured) was quick to chime in: ‘I think I’m going to miss you the most, as your laugh makes my jokes 20 per cent funnier’

On Tuesday, Gorgi, 45, said it wasn’t an ‘easy decision’ to leave her role, but told Daily Mail Australia she is ‘working on a couple of projects’ and is focusing on her boutique hotel The Provincial in Ballarat. 

She confirmed her resignation in an Instagram post. 

‘After a lot of reflecting, I’ve made the big decision to step away from The Project,’ she wrote.

Farewell: On Tuesday, Gorgi, 45, said it wasn't an 'easy decision' to leave her role, but told Daily Mail Australia she is 'working on a couple of projects' and is focusing on her boutique hotel The Provincial in Ballarat.  Pictured alongside co-hosts Lisa Wilkinson (centre) and Waleed (left)

Farewell: On Tuesday, Gorgi, 45, said it wasn’t an ‘easy decision’ to leave her role, but told Daily Mail Australia she is ‘working on a couple of projects’ and is focusing on her boutique hotel The Provincial in Ballarat.  Pictured alongside co-hosts Lisa Wilkinson (centre) and Waleed (left)

‘It hasn’t been an easy decision but after 10 YEARS on this wonderful show I feel that it’s time. I really love broadcasting and I’ve missed it this year.’

The Victorian-born reporter went on to say that she’s always known when the time was right to ‘discover new adventures’.

Gorgi, who started hosting the show when she was pregnant with her now 10-year-old daughter Molly-Rose, added: ‘Over 10 years I’ve laughed, shed tears, interviewed Prime Ministers, superstars and incredible humans who have faced tragic circumstances.

New adventures: The Victorian-born reporter went on to say that throughout her career, she's known and felt when the time was right to 'leap into the unknown' and 'discover new adventures

New adventures: The Victorian-born reporter went on to say that throughout her career, she’s known and felt when the time was right to ‘leap into the unknown’ and ‘discover new adventures

Emotional: She went on to thank her co-hosts Peter (left), Waleed (right), Lisa Wilkinson and Carrie Bickmore for their 'love, support, kindness and friendship'

Emotional: She went on to thank her co-hosts Peter (left), Waleed (right), Lisa Wilkinson and Carrie Bickmore for their ‘love, support, kindness and friendship’

‘I’ve had the absolute joy of working with the most creative, hard working production team who give their all every day, and the generous and magical make up and wardrobe staff (who literally work miracles!)’

She went on to thank her co-hosts Lisa Wilkinson, Peter, Waleed and Carrie for their ‘love, support, kindness and friendship’.

‘Pete, how lucky I’ve been to work with you on the desk where you never failed to make me laugh so hard every single show!’ she continued.

'Partners in crime': 'An extra special thank you to my partner in crime on the desk and the person who I've spent the most working hours with over the past ten years, Waleed,' she added

‘Partners in crime’: ‘An extra special thank you to my partner in crime on the desk and the person who I’ve spent the most working hours with over the past ten years, Waleed,’ she added

‘An extra special thank you to my partner in crime on the desk and the person who I’ve spent the most working hours with over the past ten years, Waleed.

‘I feel so lucky to have shared this chapter with you. Your grace, intelligence, wisdom and gentleness inspire me.’

After thanking viewers and the show’s creator Craig Campbell, she went on to speak about her plans for the future.

Touching: Carrie, 40, shared a picture of herself alongside Gorgi on Instagram, captioned: 'Good luck with your next adventures beautiful woman. You'll always be part of the family'

Touching: Carrie, 40, shared a picture of herself alongside Gorgi on Instagram, captioned: ‘Good luck with your next adventures beautiful woman. You’ll always be part of the family’

‘Moving on is hard. It’s scary and takes a leap of faith, but it’s the only way I know what the universe has in store for me and for me to keep reaching new heights. So here goes! Here’s to the next chapter and whatever magic that brings.’

Carrie shared a picture of herself with Gorgi on Instagram captioned: ‘Good luck with your next adventures beautiful woman. You’ll always be part of the family.’ 

Gorgi has enjoyed an illustrious career over the decades, being trained as a classic singer and a professional stage performer.

Prior to joining Ten, she was a reporter and travel presenter for Today – where she also filled in for Steven Jacobs to present the weather – and National Nine News.

She’s perhaps best known for co-hosting Network Ten’s Logie Award winning The Circle between 2010 and 2012, and also appeared as ‘The Monster’ on The Masked Singer in 2019.

Surprise! In 2019, Gorgi was revealed as the celebrity underneath the Monster's costume

Surprise! In 2019, Gorgi was revealed as the celebrity underneath the Monster's costume

Surprise! In 2019, Gorgi was revealed as the celebrity underneath the Monster’s costume 

Gorgi was a regular panellist on The Project, and worked full-time on the show in 2015 after being announced as Carrie’s maternity leave replacement.

She married Simon Coghlan in 2009, and the pair welcomed their daughter Molly-Rose Coghlan in December 2010.

The couple own the Provincial Hotel in Ballarat, which won the the ‘boutique style accommodation of the year’ category in the 2019 Tourism Accommodation Awards (TAA) for Victoria.

Part of the furniture: Gorgi was a regular panellist on The Project, and worked full-time on the show in 2015 after being announced as Carrie Bickmore's maternity leave replacement. Pictured with Carrie (right) and Lisa (left)

Part of the furniture: Gorgi was a regular panellist on The Project, and worked full-time on the show in 2015 after being announced as Carrie Bickmore’s maternity leave replacement. Pictured with Carrie (right) and Lisa (left)



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