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Today host Brooke Boney announces shock resignation live on-air

The TV star has quit the show to pursue one of her biggest dreams.

Today presenter Brooke Boney surprised viewers on Friday morning when she announced live on-air that she will be leaving the Channel Nine breakfast show.

The 36-year-old presenter, who has been with Today for five years, teared up as she shared that she will be moving overseas later this year.

Today’s Brooke Boney.
Today’s Brooke Boney has announced she is leaving the breakfast show. Photo: Channel Nine

“Guys, I have some very big news for you this morning,” she began. “I have been offered a place at Oxford University later this year, which means I’ll be leaving the show after the Olympics.

“I don’t want to go into too much right now because there’ll be plenty of time for goodbyes and thank yous, but I just wanted to share that good/bad news with you all this morning.”

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Brooke went on to share that it’s always been a dream of hers to study at an overseas university and now feels like the right time to take that step.

“I’m so grateful to come in here every day and I love you all so much, so it’s made the decision really difficult,” she added. “But it just means that you’ll all have to plan trips to the UK to come and visit me.”

Karl's sweet message to Brooke

The TV host admitted she felt like she was going to cry as her co-stars Karl Stefanovic, Sarah Abo and Alex Cullen applauded her in the studio.

“We are very, very proud of you. We know that you’ve wanted to do this for so long,” Karl said, while Sarah added, “It’s such a good opportunity”.

“My head’s spinning right now and my heart’s beating really fast,” Brooke remarked.

After joking that she will be able to check in on his 18-year-old daughter Willow, who recently moved to the UK to study at the London College of Fashion, Karl shared some encouraging words for Brooke.

“You know what, it’s a big deal to break away from something as secure as this,” he said. “To make your dreams come true and to take that step, to bite it off, is a testament to you as a person and says everything about you.”

Today’s Karl Stefanovic and Sarah Abo.
Karl said he was ‘very, very proud’ of Brooke for following her dreams. Photo: Channel Nine

Fans share their well wishes

Fans of the show also shared congratulatory messages to Brooke on social media, with MAFS’ Domenica Calarco writing: “This is huge! Proud of you.”

“Could not be more proud!” A Current Affair’s Leila McKinnon added. “Luckily you’re used to hanging out with intellectual giants like… Karl.”

“You make the sun shine every day as we watch you here. Congratulations, good luck,” one fan wrote, followed by another who said, “Congratulations Brooke we will miss you. Such a wonderful opportunity for you”.

“Good luck Brooke. Love watching you on the Today show. You have come a long way. I remember your first show you were nervous and look at you now. Very confident at everything you do. Best wishes in your studies,” someone else replied.

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What is Brooke studying at Oxford University?

Brooke shared on Today that she will be studying a Master of Public Policy when she attends Oxford University in September.

“I thought this is sort of what fits best with my journalistic career thus far,” she explained. “I thought if I don’t do this now, then I’m probably never going to. I am at that age where if I leave now and go and study and come back, I’ll still only be 38.”

Brooke joined Today in 2019 as an entertainment presenter before becoming the show’s news presenter in January 2023. Before this, she worked as a political correspondent for NITV and was the newsreader on Triple J from 2016 to 2018.

She also graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) in 2014.

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