“There are the tears!” KIIS FM Melbourne’s Jase Hawkins falls apart as he says goodbye to co-host Polly ‘PJ’ Harding after six years
Polly ‘PJ’ Harding will host her last show ever on KIIS FM Melbourne on Friday.
And her co-host Jase Hawkins couldn’t help but get emotional as he discussed PJ’s impending departure on Thursday’s show.
Jase, who co-hosted the breakfast show with PJ for six years, burst into tears after a caller called to praise PJ for her incredible work.
“There are the tears!” KIIS FM Melbourne’s Jase Hawkins (left) collapsed on broadcast as he parted ways with co-host Polly ‘PJ’ Harding (right) during Thursday’s show
“Just wanted to say, I’m an old listener, I’m calling for the first time, I switched from another radio station a few years ago and I love you PJ and we’re really going to miss you,” the caller gushed.
Jase began to wipe away tears and sobbed as the caller continued, “You just made my mornings. It always brightens up my day. So thank you very much and I wish you all the best.’
In an effort to improve the mood, PJ playfully scolded Jase for getting too emotional.
Waterworks: Jase (left), who co-hosted the breakfast show with PJ for six years, burst into tears after a caller called to praise PJ (right) for her incredible work
“Thank you… oh there are the tears. We weren’t allowed to say anything nice today!’ she said indignantly.
Laughing through the tears, Jase jokingly pleaded with the listener, “Please don’t switch back!”
‘I do not do that! I will support you too Jase!’ replied the fan.
Take over breakfast: Elsewhere on Thursday, KIIS 101.1 Melbourne finally confirmed what many already knew: Lauren Phillips (pictured) to replace PJ on the Jase & PJ breakfast show
It comes after KIIS 101.1 Melbourne finally confirmed that Lauren Phillips will officially replace PJ on the Jase & PJ breakfast show.
The new program is now called Jase & Lauren in the Morning, with Lauren pulling the strings alongside co-host Jason ‘Jase’ Hawkins.
In the new role, Lauren, who also presents the weather for Nine’s Weekend Today, will return to Melbourne after spending much of the pandemic in Byron Bay.
Confirmed: The new show is now called Jase & Lauren in the Morning, with Lauren pulling the strings alongside co-host Jason ‘Jase’ Hawkins (left)
She previously co-hosted KIIS 101.1’s summer breakfast show with Ryan Jon.
“I was doing summer breakfast and it came out of nowhere for me, but then a conversation started about how much I enjoyed doing summer breakfast and then we started chatting and I thought maybe this is going somewhere,” Lauren said.
“You could have seriously knocked me over when they told me what they were thinking. It’s really exciting, I’m really looking forward to it.’
Tried and tested: She previously co-hosted KIIS 101.1’s summer breakfast show with Ryan Jon
She will continue to film weather segments for Weekend Today, which means she will effectively work seven days a week.
Former presenter PJ went live in March when she announced her resignation, declaring it “one of the hardest decisions” she’d ever made.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I know it’s the right one for me and a new chapter will begin,” she said.
“I will miss Jase and the whole team greatly, but rest assured we will be in touch as Jase is determined to be my Chief Bridesmaid.”
She has returned to her native New Zealand after a ‘challenging’ year in which her ‘priorities’ changed after she got engaged and lost her father.
Moving on: Former presenter PJ collapsed live in March when she announced her resignation, explaining it was “one of the hardest decisions” she’d ever made