Tom Ballard, the co-host of the Triple J breakfast show for the past seven years, has quit his job.
Ballard was 17 when he took over the breakfast show with co-host Alex Dyson. Dyson will remain with the program.
Ballard says he is leaving the show to concentrate on his comedy career.
In a statement at the ABC website Ballard said, “For the past four years I’ve been paid to wake up with one of my best friends in the whole world, talk shit, wear zentai suits, laugh at my dad, drink instant coffee and play good music. It’s been the sweetest of gigs, but I feel like now’s the right time for me to try new things, focus on my high-brow and searing stand up (i.e. dick jokes) and endeavour to annoy Australia via other mediums.
“Plus I always said that if Melissa Doyle was no longer on my breakfast TV screen, I’d have no choice but to quit”.
Tom Ballard’s replacement will be announced on December 3.
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