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Meshel Laurie was ‘too left-wing’ for The Project; talks 2019 exit

Popular TV and radio presenter Meshel Laurie has damaged her silence on her exit from Channel 10’s The Project in 2019.

The 49-year-old claims community executives discovered her political opinions ‘too left’ for the notoriously left-leaning present affairs present.

While Laurie didn’t explicitly state she was sacked for her views, she says issues had been raised about her politics not lengthy after former Today host Lisa Wilkinson joined the panel in 2018.

Laurie, who now runs her personal profitable podcast company, additionally alleges she ‘tried for years’ to get Channel 10 to hire extra Indigenous presenters however her requests had been apparently ignored.

She spoke bitterly of her years working for the community in a collection of Instagram posts final week, telling her followers she has ’emails to show’ her explosive claims. 

TV and radio presenter Meshel Laurie (left, with Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Anthony Lehmann) has damaged her silence on her exit from Channel 10’s The Project in 2019

She was prompted to talk about inclusivity within the media and her personal grievances with Channel 10 after studying a newspaper article about efforts by Scott Morrison’s authorities to color a extra ‘constructive’ image of colonial historical past within the faculty curriculum by eradicating references to the British ‘invasion’ of Australia.

Laurie mentioned there have been ‘heaps of good Aboriginal comedians’ however ‘you have by no means seen them on TV’ as a result of Australian networks ‘nonetheless give all the roles to white males’.

Laurie added: ‘I attempted for years to get The Project to make use of Aboriginal comedians, by the way in which, and I’ve the emails to show it. No curiosity.’

She went on to say The Project solely introduced on Aboriginal contributors for NAIDOC Week this year as a ‘token’ gesture, and that her honest effort to diversify the panel was allegedly ‘ignored’.

‘I wrote an intensive pitch doc for the chief. No reply. Ever,’ she claimed. Laurie didn’t say when she wrote the pitch or to which govt she submitted it.

She added: ‘I ought to actually tag @channel10au on this for certain. I’d love a response from their execs. They know who they’re and so do I. I nonetheless have the emails…’

The 49-year-old (pictured on The Project) claims network executives found her political views 'too left' for the notoriously left-leaning current affairs show

The 49-year-old (pictured on The Project) claims community executives discovered her political opinions ‘too left’ for the notoriously left-leaning present affairs present 

Laurie, who now runs her personal profitable podcast company, has lost a big quantity of weight since quitting The Project. (Pictured left in 2016, and proper in November 2021)

Laurie then addressed her personal exit from The Project in a follow-up remark, saying her left-wing views grew to become a difficulty throughout her final year on air.

‘The similar @channel10au execs who thought I was “too left” supposedly after Lisa Wilkinson joined,’ she wrote.

Former Today host Wilkinson, 62, joined The Project and its Sunday version in 2018, after defecting to Channel 10 following a pay regardless of with the Nine Network.

While Laurie did not explicitly state she was sacked for her views, she claims concerns were raised about her politics not long after Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) joined the panel in 2018

While Laurie didn’t explicitly state she was sacked for her views, she claims issues had been raised about her politics not lengthy after Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) joined the panel in 2018

'The same @channel10au execs who thought I was

‘The similar @channel10au execs who thought I was “too left” supposedly after Lisa Wilkinson joined,’ she wrote

Laurie claimed she had heard ‘phrase across the campfire’ at 10 that executives ‘thought [Wilkinson] was too previous’ for The Project ‘in order that they wished to encompass her with a lot youthful people’.

‘How’s that figuring out for you?’ she added, seemingly in reference to the present’s well-documented scores decline.

Laurie additionally lashed out on the Australian leisure business, which she mentioned is dominated by a tradition of concern with TV and radio presenters afraid to talk up as a result of they do not wish to be ‘blackballed’.

Laurie added: 'I tried for years to get The Project to employ Aboriginal comedians, by the way, and I have the emails [to a Project executive] to prove it. No interest'

Laurie added: ‘I attempted for years to get The Project to make use of Aboriginal comedians, by the way in which, and I’ve the emails [to a Project executive] to show it. No curiosity’

Laurie also lashed out at the Australian entertainment industry, which she said is dominated by a culture of fear with TV hosts afraid to speak up because they don't want to be 'blackballed'

Laurie additionally lashed out on the Australian leisure business, which she mentioned is dominated by a tradition of concern with TV hosts afraid to talk up as a result of they do not wish to be ‘blackballed’

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel 10 and Laurie for remark.

Laurie beforehand mentioned in a May 2019 interview she deserted her profitable radio job and common appearances on The Project for personal causes and burnout.

She advised McKnight Tonight she fell right into a dark place after being relentlessly trolled on Twitter and betrayed by people she as soon as thought of pals.

Daily Mail Australia will not be suggesting she was referring to anybody at Channel 10. 

Laurie mentioned: ‘[In] early 2019, I was in a state of affairs the place I was having a breakdown principally. I was ingesting closely each evening [and] tweeting, a hideous mixture.’

In addition to her downside ingesting, the outspoken TV persona was coping with the actual fact her aged father, who was living along with her on the time, was dying.

Laurie mentioned she grew to become ‘anxious’ and ‘manic’ worrying about her father’s health and began self-medicating with alcohol to manage.

Laurie claimed she had heard 'word around the campfire' at 10 that executives 'thought [Wilkinson] was too old' for The Project 'so they wanted to surround her with much younger people'. (Pictured from left: Lehmann, Hugh Riminton, Wilkinson and Laurie on The Project)

Laurie claimed she had heard ‘phrase across the campfire’ at 10 that executives ‘thought [Wilkinson] was too previous’ for The Project ‘in order that they wished to encompass her with a lot youthful people’. (Pictured from left: Lehmann, Hugh Riminton, Wilkinson and Laurie on The Project)

Despite having conservatives and centrists on the panel, The Project has been criticised in the past for its perceived left-wing bias. (Pictured: Waleed Aly and Carrie Bickmore)

Despite having conservatives and centrists on the panel, The Project has been criticised prior to now for its perceived left-wing bias. (Pictured: Waleed Aly and Carrie Bickmore) 

She needed to ‘quit working full time in breakfast radio as a result of [she] could not address the hours and the pressures at dwelling’.

‘I knew that I was giving up lots of money, which I additionally wanted. But I simply could not cope,’ she added.

In addition to leaving KIIS FM’s Matt & Meshel radio present, about this time Laurie additionally stopped her common appearances on The Project.

‘I’d labored onerous for a very long time and I’d all the time loved [working in the media] however I simply hit a wall, you understand?’ she mentioned.

‘You’re so pushed by the following job and getting the job and retaining the job, and the concern of different people arising behind you, and the concern of taking a break day [in case] whoever replaces you can be nice. I was that particular person, I wished to maintain grinding.’

But ultimately Laurie reached a degree the place she couldn’t proceed and was merely ‘exhausted’.

Laurie previously said in a May 2019 interview she abandoned her lucrative radio job and regular appearances on The Project for personal reasons and burnout

Laurie beforehand mentioned in a May 2019 interview she deserted her profitable radio job and common appearances on The Project for personal causes and burnout 

In addition to the challenges at dwelling, as Laurie’s ingesting obtained worse she grew to become extra reckless on social media – getting concerned in Twitter feuds and tweeting whereas intoxicated. 

‘I’m laughing as a result of it is so insane [but] I’d actually be in my bathtub ingesting red wine tweeting obscenities on the Prime Minister!’ she mentioned.

In 2018, Laurie travelled to South Sudan to expertise the refugee disaster first-hand for the SBS documentary collection Go Back To Where You Came From Live.

The journey had a profound affect on Laurie, who has lengthy been a supporter of humanitarian causes, and she or he ended up donating appreciable sums of money to refugees within the nation.

‘I despatched lots of money to South Sudan, despatched about thrice as a lot as I obtained paid for the gig on SBS,’ she advised McKnight Tonight, earlier than acknowledging these donations could have been as a consequence of her ‘mania’ on the time.

‘How the ATO has by no means investigated… you’d assume some authorities [agency] would ask why I despatched a lot money to South Sudan?’ she added.

‘And I’m not exhibiting off, as a result of I’m now fairly broke by the way in which.’ 

Laurie surprised fans in July last year when she shared debuted her slimmed-down figure

Laurie shocked followers in July final year when she shared debuted her slimmed-down determine

Laurie then recalled how she ‘made some errors’ whereas drunk on Twitter, sparking the anger of black activists who accused her of shedding ‘white tears’.

She had inspired counter protesters to boycott a white supremacist rally as it will solely trigger a media circus – however many Twitter customers had been indignant at Laurie for telling them what they need to and shouldn’t be protesting.

‘When people began attacking me and saying, “Stop telling black people what to do”, I reacted and I felt insulted. Then it simply obtained out of hand,’ she mentioned.

‘But then I was deleting my tweets so I do not even know what occurred.’

In 2018, Laurie travelled to South Sudan to experience the refugee crisis first-hand for the SBS documentary series Go Back To Where You Came From Live. Afterwards, she donated  considerable sums of money to refugees in the country, leaving her 'quite broke'

In 2018, Laurie travelled to South Sudan to expertise the refugee disaster first-hand for the SBS documentary collection Go Back To Where You Came From Live. Afterwards, she donated  appreciable sums of money to refugees within the nation, leaving her ‘fairly broke’

According to Laurie, there was a ‘lot of people’ who she had personally supported through the years who ‘poured s**t’ on her on Twitter round this time.

‘I ended up being actually afraid of social media, which I nonetheless am now.. I’m actually scared of talking in public,’ she confessed.

The backlash left her feeling lonely and depressed.

But at certainly one of her lowest moments, which occurred in January 2019, Nine News anchor Georgie Gardner reached out to Laurie by way of Twitter.

‘There was one thing about [Gardner’s] message that simply… like, I was embarrassed however… you understand usually while you’re embarrassed you get indignant? Particularly while you’re drunk. But I do not know, it did not make me indignant,’ she mentioned.

‘She was actually type and she or he was simply saying, like everybody used to say to Charlotte [Dawson, who died by suicide in 2014], “Switch off [social media], mate. Let it go, get some sleep, tomorrow’s another day sort of thing”. And I did. I simply switched it off.’ 

At certainly one of her lowest moments, which occurred in January 2019, Nine News anchor Georgie Gardner (proper) reached out to Laurie by way of Twitter

Laurie mentioned she was shocked by Gardner’s kindness and couldn’t perceive why people had been so vital of the veteran journalist.

‘I wakened and browse her messages once more and thought, “Oh, God. What a nice lady. She’s got enough to deal with in her actual life”. And I have never spoken to her once more,’ she added.

‘And I typically I see things within the media… and I feel, “I must try and find a way to tell the world that she’s a really nice person!”‘

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