‘It’s a hard day for us’: Emotional Sarah Harris breaks down live on Studio 10 just three days after Jono Coleman’s death from prostate cancer
Sarah Harris broke down in tears live on Studio 10 on Monday as she farewelled her colleague Jonathan ‘Jono’ Coleman, who died on Friday at the age of 65.
The 39-year-old clutched a tissue and struggled to speak as she addressed viewers shortly after 8am while paying tribute to the late TV and radio legend.
Sarah, who had worked with Jono since Studio 10’s launch in 2013, was also comforted by her co-hosts Beau Ryan and Tristan MacManus.
Emotional: Sarah Harris broke down in tears live on Studio 10 on Monday as she farewelled her colleague Jonathan ‘Jono’ Coleman, who died on Friday aged 65. Right: Tristan MacManus
‘It’s a very special show today, full of tears but no doubt full of laughs as well,’ Tristan said at the start of the four-hour program.
Wiping away tears, Sarah added: ‘Sorry, I thought I’d get further into the show [before crying]. It’s a hard day for everyone here at Studio 10.
‘We lost our really beautiful mate on Friday night, Jono Coleman. He was an absolute legend of TV and radio.
”We lost our really beautiful mate on Friday night’: Sarah, who had worked with Jono since Studio 10’s launch in 2013, was comforted by her co-hosts Beau Ryan and Tristan MacManus
‘But more than that, he was just a beautiful husband – he adored [his wife] Margot – he was a beautiful dad, and he was our mate.’
Studio 10 dedicated Monday’s broadcast to remembering Jono’s best moments.
While he was initially hired to host the show’s advertorials, Jono ended up becoming an integral member of the team – and was well known for his on-air pranks.
He was never afraid to dress up or make fun of himself, and even printed business cards describing his job title as ‘morale officer’.
Before joining Studio 10, Jono had a long career on television and radio in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Britons will remember him for hosting shows on Virgin Radio, Heart and BBC London.
In addition to his work for Channel 10, Jono was employed as a regular reporter for Channel Seven breakfast Sunrise in the mid-2000s.
He died in Sydney on Friday, aged 65, after a four-year battle with prostate cancer.
Jono is survived by his wife, Margot Fitzpatrick, and their children, Emily and Oscar.