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Lauren Phillips beams as she steps out in Melbourne following reports she will ‘exit breakfast TV’

Weekend Today’s Lauren Phillips is all smiles as she steps out in Melbourne following reports she will ‘exit breakfast TV this year’ to concentrate on her KIIS FM radio job


Lauren Phillips is juggling demanding jobs on radio with KIIS FM and on TV with Weekend Today.

She took a moment out of her busy work schedule to attend an appointment in Melbourne on Tuesday. 

The Weekend Today weather presenter, 34, dressed in a green cable knit jumper and jeans.

Busy day: Lauren Phillips beamed while out and about in Melbourne on Tuesday, following reports she will ‘exit breakfast TV this year’ to concentrate on her KIIS FM radio job

She also teamed her looks with $660 Golden Goose sneakers, and carried with her a laptop, her phone and a face mask.

This follows a report that Lauren would be stepping away from her television commitments to focus on her radio career.

The Weekend today weather presenter ‘is strongly tipped to exit breakfast TV’ by the end of the year, the Herald Sun reported on Monday.

She has been juggling her Weekend Today commitments with her KIIS 101.1 breakfast radio job since August.

Casual: The Weekend Today weather presenter, 34, dressed in a green cable knit jumper and jeans

Casual: The Weekend Today weather presenter, 34, dressed in a green cable knit jumper and jeans

Trendy: She teamed her look with $660 Golden Goose sneakers, and carried with her a laptop, her phone and a face mask

Trendy: She teamed her look with $660 Golden Goose sneakers, and carried with her a laptop, her phone and a face mask

Earlier this month Phillips was forced to apologise on air to the mother of a murdered child. 

Aspiring dancer Rachel Barber was just 15 when Caroline Reed Robertson strangled her to death with a telephone cord in a plot to steal her identity in 1999.

Phillips disgusted the family and friends of the murdered dancer when she laughed on KIIS 101.1 while listening to a podcast describing her brutal murder. 

She told listeners earlier this month she had been unaware the audio producers played during her conversation had been taken from the the very real life CASEFILE series of true crime podcasts.

Getting her weekends back: This follows a report that Lauren would be stepping away from her television commitments to focus on her radio career. Pictured here on Weekend Today with Chris Hemsworth in 2020 Pictured here on Weekend Today with Chris Hemsworth in 2020

Getting her weekends back: This follows a report that Lauren would be stepping away from her television commitments to focus on her radio career. Pictured here on Weekend Today with Chris Hemsworth in 2020 Pictured here on Weekend Today with Chris Hemsworth in 2020

Stepping away: She has been juggling her Weekend Today commitments with her KIIS 101.1 breakfast radio job since August

Stepping away: She has been juggling her Weekend Today commitments with her KIIS 101.1 breakfast radio job since August

The chat saw Phillips describe how she had used the podcast discussing Rachel’s tragic murder to cheer herself up.

‘Am I a psychopath?’ Phillips asked during the conversation with co-host Jason ‘Jase’ Hawkins, outraging Elizabeth Barber, her friends and family. 

Choking back tears, Phillips said she had never intended to use audio of a real life crime to go with her on-air chat.

‘All of us here on the show were devastated when we realised what we had done. The show takes full responsibility and our background checks on the source of audio should have been more thorough,’ Phillips said.

Controversy: The move comes after Phillips (pictured in 2020) upset the friends and family of murder victim Rachel Barber with an insensitive segment on Melbourne radio. She described how she had used a podcast discussing Rachel's tragic murder to cheer herself up

Controversy: The move comes after Phillips (pictured in 2020) upset the friends and family of murder victim Rachel Barber with an insensitive segment on Melbourne radio. She described how she had used a podcast discussing Rachel’s tragic murder to cheer herself up

Murder: Rachel Barber, a 15-year-old dance student, was murdered by strangulation in Melbourne in 1999 (pictured)

Murder: Rachel Barber, a 15-year-old dance student, was murdered by strangulation in Melbourne in 1999 (pictured) 

Hawkins too apologised for his limited role in the conversation and thanked Rachel’s mother for taking their calls to apologise in person.

‘She didn’t have to do that and we both had chats with her and yeah we appreciate her taking the call,’ he said.

Phillips added that the incident had impacted deeply on the entire production crew.

‘We really, from the bottom of our hearts, are very sorry that that audio was used, but we are deeply sorry and we will do everything in our power to ensure nothing like that ever happens again on our show,’ she said.

Apology: Choking back tears, Phillips (right) said she had never intended to use audio of a real life crime to go with her on-air chat. Hawkins (left) too apologised for his limited role in the conversation and thanked Rachel's mother for taking their calls to apologise in person

Apology: Choking back tears, Phillips (right) said she had never intended to use audio of a real life crime to go with her on-air chat. Hawkins (left) too apologised for his limited role in the conversation and thanked Rachel’s mother for taking their calls to apologise in person

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