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Richard Wilkins breaks his silence on Brooke Boney after departing Today show

‘It’s no longer a one-man job’: Richard Wilkins, 64, breaks his silence after it was revealed that former Triple J newsreader Brooke Boney, 31, will be replacing him on the Today show

Richard ‘Dickie’ Wilkins has broken his silence after it was revealed that former Triple J newsreader Brooke Boney will be replacing him as entertainment reporter on the Today show. 

The 64-year-old entertainment editor told The Sunday Telegraph that he’s happy for Brooke to come on board.

Saying Brooke, 31, has ‘fresh energy’ and ‘enthusiasm,’ Richard admitted: ‘It’s no longer a one-man job.’

‘It’s no longer a one-man job’: Richard Wilkins, 64, (pictured) breaks his silence after it was revealed that former Triple J newsreader Brooke Boney, 31, will be replacing him on the Today show

The veteran entertainment reporter also stated that the industry keeps getting ‘bigger and bigger’.

He continued: ‘With the show having a complete reset I’m thrilled and delighted to be welcoming Brooke on board.’

Richard said the the Indigenous reporter could bring something fresh to the table for the show.

'Fresh energy': The 64-year-old entertainment editor has broken his silence on his morning show successor Brooke Boney (pictured)

‘Fresh energy’: The 64-year-old entertainment editor has broken his silence on his morning show successor Brooke Boney (pictured)

He told the publication that he would continue to work on both the Today show and Today Extra, as he has been doing for 25 years.

He said that he will also work on other platforms in the new Nine and Fairfax media company.  

It comes after the young former Triple J reporter went to Richard’s North Sydney home on Friday to celebrate her new role as entertainment reporter.

Brooke said in a statement on Friday: ‘It’s such an exciting time to be joining Nine and am looking forward to learn from everyone on the Today team.  

Reduced role? He told the publication that he would continue to work on both the Today show and Today Extra, as he has been doing for 25 years

Reduced role? He told the publication that he would continue to work on both the Today show and Today Extra, as he has been doing for 25 years

‘As a young girl growing up in the country I watched Today so it’s really awesome to know it’ll be my new home.’   

Richard’s demotion comes shortly after Today show anchor Karl Stefanovic, 44, was axed from Channel Nine’s breakfast program on Wednesday.

Karl’s sacking came less than 24 hours after his brother Peter, 37, was dropped from the network altogether in what has been a major shakeup at the breakfast program. 

'Exciting times!' Brooke went to Richard's North Sydney home on Friday to celebrate her new role as entertainment reporter

‘Exciting times!’ Brooke went to Richard’s North Sydney home on Friday to celebrate her new role as entertainment reporter

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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