Popular radio host Dee Dee Dunleavy is suddenly axed in surprise announcement: ‘I’m devastated it has come to an end’
- 3AW presenter suddenly gone after 11 years
- Dee Dee Dunleavy tweeted that she’s ‘devastated’
A popular radio presenter said she is ‘devastated’ after suddenly being dropped from her afternoon show on Melbourne’s 3AW after 11 years with the station.
Dee Dee Dunleavy’s shock departure was announced by the station on Monday morning, shortly after she was told her her services were no longer required.
‘3AW has agreed to an early conclusion for Dee Dee Dunleavy’s on air role, after informing the broadcaster her contract would not be renewed at the end of the year,’ the station said in a statement.
The station’s statement also included a quote from Dunleavy saying ‘I’m happy to leave on a high, and with a record that I feel very proud of.’
But a post on Twitter told a very different story, with a gutted Dunleavy saying ‘I was having the time of my life in my job. I’m devastated that it has come to an end.’
Dee Dee Dunleavy’s (pictured) shock departure was announced by 3AW on Monday morning, shortly after she was told her her services were no longer required
Dunleavy tweeted (pictured) that she is ‘devastated’ after suddenly being dropped from her afternoon show on Melbourne’s 3AW after 11 years with the station
The radio station’s manager Stephen Beers said he wanted ‘to thank Dee Dee for her three and a half years on Afternoons and before that her stint on Weekend Break with Grubby’.
‘She’s been a great part of the 3AW line up,’ he said.
Dunleavy said she ‘took over the Afternoons program just as the pandemic plunged us into lockdown, and so I faced the dual challenge of navigating a new show – remotely – while keeping the audience informed and entertained’.
She thanked the listeners who had propelled the show during the pandemic.
‘I am forever grateful to all the callers who shared with me on air their grief at losing loved ones, and their anguish at losing their jobs and businesses.
‘For those who were isolated I hope I was part of the comfort and connection that radio brought to them during that time.’
Dunleavy (pictured) said ‘I’m happy to leave on a high, and with a record that I feel very proud of’
Dunleavy added that she ‘thoroughly enjoyed hearing diverse opinions and discussing the stories that matter to Melbourne.
‘I am grateful to 3AW for giving me the opportunity to grow my skills as a talkback presenter for the last 11 years.’
Though her contract is not up until the end of the year, Dunleavy will not get a chance to go on air to say goodbye to her listeners.
Instead, the station announced that Elise Elliott will fill in on the Afternoons show this week, with a decision about a permanent replacement to follow.
Dunleavy’s fans were quick to use social media to tell her how much they will be missed.
‘I can’t believe it Dee Dee l listened to you daily you got me thru so tough times have had major surgery in 21 22 and twice this year,’ one wrote.
‘l wish you and your family the very best you are very talented great at what you do.’
Another said they were ‘so shocked to hear your contract not being renewed all the best been great over the last 2 years. Best wishes.’
‘I so loved a nice gentle open afternoon after full on mornings.. life is cruel…Plz take care & enjoy Ur time off..can’t wait to hear u pop else where,’ a third wrote.
Fans of Dee Dee Dunleavy (pictured) have expressed shock at her sudden departure from 3AW
One person questioned why Dunleavy left so suddenly, saying ‘You should have stayed on till the end off the year why leave straight away the people will still listen.’
But another blamed the radio station for her sudden departure. ‘Well, I’m devastated too,’ they wrote.
‘I’m so sorry to hear this, I’ve called in a few times and have always loved listening to you. It’s also been great having a female voice on a very male dominated station.
‘3AW. I’m disappointed in you.’