Kerri-Anne Kennerley blasts Studio 10 for ‘going woke’ two years after she was sacked – as its ratings plummet under new progressive agenda
Kerri-Anne Kennerley says it is ‘sad’ to see Studio 10 become an insufferable woke-fest after she was sacked from the show two years ago.
The former queen of daytime TV was given her marching orders in August 2020 as Network Ten desperately tried to cut costs during the Covid pandemic.
Her departure from the show coincided with Studio 10’s content becoming more politically progressive, as well as a steep decline in ratings.
Kerri-Anne Kennerley (pictured) says it is ‘sad’ to see Studio 10 become an insufferable woke-fest after she was sacked from the show two years ago
Kennerley, 69, told Woman’s Day she suspects the producers buckled to woke views and cancel culture after a few minor controversies.
‘I don’t know what got into producers’ minds. They all got scared. They’ve chickened out, in my view,’ she said in an interview published on Monday.
‘When I was on Studio 10, I really felt like we were getting better and better each week. I think in the 18 months I was there, they got more traction and more press than they ever did in the previous five or six years.’
She continued: ‘And if I’d produced it, I would have doubled down. I would have said, “Okay, let’s go further, let’s go more controversial.”‘
Kennerley was given her marching orders in August 2020 as Network Ten desperately tried to cut costs during the Covid pandemic. Her departure from the show coincided with Studio 10’s content becoming more politically progressive, as well as a steep decline in ratings
While it was never in competition with Nine’s Today Extra or Seven’s The Morning Show, Studio 10 once had a loyal audience of over-50s who tuned in each morning to watch the panel debate news events from a range of political perspectives.
But its ratings have been in freefall over the last two years after ditching the panel in favour of a two-anchor format helmed by Sarah Harris and Tristan MacManus.
The show has also taken a notable shift to the left politically since 2020, which may be due to the influence of younger producers and newsreader Narelda Jacobs.
This move has baffled many industry insiders given that Studio 10’s core audience is older, more conservative Australians who still watch daytime TV.
Kennerley, 69, told Woman’s Day she suspects the producers buckled to woke views and cancel culture after a few minor controversies
One source said Kennerley’s sacking in 2020 was odd because her centre-right views actually reflect those of the average Studio 10 viewer.
However, it’s believed her exit was mostly a cost-cutting measure, with Kennerley telling Woman’s Day: ‘I like to think it wasn’t personal.’
The Logie Hall of Famer often made headlines during her 18 months on Studio 10, most notably finding herself at the centre of a feud with panelist Yumi Stynes.
The show has taken a notable shift to the left politically since 2020. American nonbinary activist and poet Alok Vaid-Menon was interviewed on Studio 10 in September (pictured)
Stynes accused Kennerley live on air of ‘sounding like a racist’ for suggesting that First Nations people should be more concerned about abuse in remote Indigenous communities than changing the date of Australia Day.
In the aftermath of the controversy, Kennerley met with Aboriginal women in outback NT after being invited by the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group.
She later said she ‘learned a lot’ from the experience.
This move has baffled many given that Studio 10’s audience is older, conservative Australians who still watch daytime TV. (Pictured: Kennerley and former Studio 10 host Joe Hildebrand)
Kerri-Anne Kennerley’s career and controversies
1967: Kerri-Anne Kennerley makes her first television appearance at the age of 14 on children’s program The Channel Niners
1980s: She performs as a singer, and releases her first album in 1988
1996 to 1998: Hosts TV show Midday, earning three Gold Logie nominations
2002 to 2011: She fronts her own show on Channel Nine called Kerri-Anne, broadcast weekdays at 9am
2012: She appears as a contestant on Seven’s Dancing with the Stars
2016: Kennerley publicly supports Sonia Kruger, who suggested a ban on Muslims immigrating to Australia
2018: She is announced as a panellist on Channel 10
January 2019: Kennerley argues with Yumi Stynes about Invasion Day protesters, saying that Aboriginal activists should pay more attention to ‘five-year-olds being raped’ in the Outback
October 2019: She makes controversial comments about climate change protesters and supports tougher sentences.
November 2019: Kennerley claims her co-host Joe Hildebrand has ‘done more drugs than anyone’ in a live interview
December 2019: She asks fellow Studio 10 panelist Antoinette Lattouf, who was wearing a short white playsuit, if she had forgotten her pants