Studio 10’s host Jessica Rowe tendered her resignation live on Australian television last week.
The virulent feminist will leave the rat race to return home after having a breakthrough realization that her family “need their mum.”
News.com.au reported Rowe made her “difficult” decision after Studio 10 offered a new contract.
“Ten have been really supportive of me and my need to step back. Even as late as last week, they gave me a new proposal with reduced hours, but ultimately, after discussing it again with the family, I decided that [my daughters] Allegra and Giselle came first at this time.
“Simple as that. I’ve had incredible support from people right across the TV industry today, and that means the world to me.”
Rowe has assured the public she will continue to be present in her web series called ‘Crap Housewife’ where she blogs about things like “some super cool 60-year-olds” wearing mini-skirts and answers queries of insecure woman seeking advice on manipulating their boyfriends to get rid of their pets. She will also be doing some public speaking regarding mental instability.
Rowe is best known as the “barrel of laughs” on Australian TV whose commentary earned her a bulldozing from MILO.
The feminist firebrand says she is turning her back on the full-time work force to attempt to be a “more present mother,” in the vein of most mothers pre-feminism.
“Allegra and Giselle need their mum. I want to be there in the mornings for them, to take them to school … It is something that I need to do, it is as simple as that,” she realized.
Her move was discussed and approved by her husband, Nine journalist Peter Overton.
“Peter and I have spoken a lot about this over the past six months and it has weighed on me because this is the best job that I have ever had on television. It is family. It is a job that has allowed me to find my voice and my courage again and I will never forget that.”
Rowe’s co-hosts said their emotional goodbyes to her as she wore a cat dress while making the announcement.
“I have made one of the best friends I’ve ever had, and we’ve got that for the rest of our lives,” said co-host Denise Drysdale.
However, former Studio 10 producer Rob McKnight–who abruptly left the show last fall–may have revealed a different side to the story when he reacted on Twitter that Ten “planned to sack [Rowe] for over a year.”
— Robert McKnight (@rob_mcknight) March 8, 2018
A spokesman for Ten denies McKnight’s claim and dismissed him as “spiteful.”
Rowe’s manager David Wilson also chimed in saying “To be absolutely clear — Ten offered Jess a generous new contract for her to stay.”
McKnight clarified his point, tweeting “I have no idea the truth behind today’s announcement, I can only say what plans were in place. I was blamed for those plans and targeted (with success).”
I have no idea the truth behind today’s announcement, I can only say what plans were in place. I was blamed for those plans and targeted (with success)
— Robert McKnight (@rob_mcknight) March 9, 2018
Others on Twitter, like Miranda Devine, didn’t let the irony of Rowe’s departure escape them.
Column’s up: Jessica Rowe cops a pasting for putting her kids in front of her career. This is what happens when feminism empowers women at the expense of men – you have to belittle the natural desire to be a good mother or the whole charade is exposed. https://t.co/1ZD1VpNFGo
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) March 10, 2018
Some viewers, eager to move on from the brooding feminism infecting the program, tweeted:
Jessica Rowe is one of a cast of many on that alleged "entertainment"; and giggles throughout. Ita Buttrose? Why? Joe Hildebrand the only one I'd watch. Sensible comments. Sorry, I am one of the many who find Jessica Rowe irritating. Kids existed before, she took job. Too bad!
— Susan Kouba (@suzatzka) March 11, 2018
Good decision. Best thing to happen to Channel 10 and the show.
— The Anti Feminist (@Beth_Alize) March 8, 2018
Good news; she's finally gone, because she was the worst. Bad news; they'll most likely replace her with another token feminist.
— Kyle Fortesque (@KyleFortesque) March 10, 2018
— D10ny5u5 (@D10ny5u5) March 8, 2018
The last day to endure Jessica Rowe on Studio 10 will be March 30th.
feature image: Jessica Rowe via newmedia.com.au
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