‘Bloody awful’: Studio 10 fans slam new host line-up
STUDIO 10 has had its fair share of scandal, and it doesn't look like things are going to get better anytime soon if the fan reaction to their recent announcement is anything to go by.
Following the sudden departure of Ita Buttrose, 76, on Wednesday and the departure of Jessica Rowe, 47, last month, Studio 10 announced it would be putting in Angela Bishop and Denise Scott to replace the hosts.
And all hell broke loose in the comments section of the Facebook post announcing the new line-up, with fans saying they're so angry that they won't watch the show anymore.
The announcement post read: "We are so excited to welcome Angela Bishop and Denise Scott to Studio 10 as permanent panel members! Get more out of your mornings - 8.30 on TEN."
And people are less than pleased.
One viewer commented: "Have scraped the bottom of the bucket won't be watching that show bloody awful program."
Another Facebook user said: "And I'm out, sorry wrong choice there."
A few viewers expressed their specific upset at Denise Scott being cast, with one noting a 2011 scandal in which the comedian faced major backlash after making a joke about people with autism.
"How quick we forget how this 'comedian' ripped the piss out of folk with so called 'fake' conditions including autism & aspersers. Sorry. Can't forgive or forget ... Shame on you Studio 10. Shame on you Channel 10" one angry former fan commented.
Another agreed, saying: "Denise Scott hmmm a bit fuddy duddy".
Some took aim at the lack of diversity on the show, and its apparent inability to cast anyone from a demographic that isn't white.
"Um. Looks like only one demographic is covered ... where is the diversity?" one viewer noted.
Another wrote: "I used to like your show, and was there from the beginning. It's just not the same anymore, and the way Ita was treated was a shame :(. Lately I have been getting reacquainted with (Channel 7's The Morning Show hosts) Larry & Kylie."
The threats of viewers switching across to other channels is no doubt being taken seriously by producers, given the struggle the show is already having with ratings.
Fairfax reported this week that Studio 10 was coming last in the morning show battle, with only 63,000 viewers tuning in on Tuesday. This is compared to the 146, 000 and 121, 000 viewers that Seven's The Morning Show and Nine's Today Extra had respectively.
Other upset fans brought up the feud between Ita Buttrose and Dense Drysdale and bemoaned Buttroses departure, saying "Ita will be missed".
"Ita Buttrose should have stayed because she's a very wise woman but Denise Drysdale is a troublemaker and all she knows what to do is that pathetic chicken dance of hers. Bring back Ita or prepare to get the axe Studio 10", one wrote.
Those acquainted with the life and times of Studio 10 will recall the Brussels sprout incident, where Drysdale allegedly lobbed a bowl of the vegetables at Buttrose during a photo shoot to promote for the program's Christmas special.
Despite the unhappy reaction from viewers, the new hosts have said they are excited to get started.
Bishop, formerly Channel 10's showbiz editor, told the Daily Telegraph: "I am so excited to join this amazing team.
"I love the idea of mixing the unpredictability of live television with my entertainment reporting from red carpets and hotel rooms around the world. I can't wait to start."
Scott, 63, who has enjoyed a long career as a stand-up comedian said that the new position was a dream come true, saying: "I've always wanted to host a morning television show and now it's happening at 63.
"As I always say kids, hang on to your dreams. If it doesn't happen in your 20s, it'll happen in your 60s."
No doubt the show's producers will be hoping any drama that erupts will pull more viewers in, and not lead to half the hosts to hightail it out of there.