Jane Kennedy quits Triple M’s Kennedy Molloy show

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Jane Kennedy has told Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) that the combination of having five teenagers at home and a daily national radio show has become too much to balance, and resigned her position as co-host of the syndicated Kennedy Molloy Drive show on Triple M.

Kennedy joined co-host Mick Molloy three and a half years ago on the program.

Molloy said Kennedy is irreplaceable so the show will go on without her, creating the Molloy program from 4pm on Monday.

“Jane is irreplaceable so we will bat on without her. It will be all hands on deck from our team and the wonderful and funny friends of the show we have collected over the last three years. Sadly for Dave he will still not be on the poster,” he said.

Kennedy said she cared about the show 24/7, and thus couldn’t go on.

“When I first accepted this amazing job I joked about leaving my kids at home to go and have a bit of fun for a couple of hours a day at work. The truth is doing a show like Kennedy Molloy is so much more than that. It’s a show I cared about 24/7,” she said.

“This year marks my third VCE/HSC student in a row and I think most parents will understand what that means, particularly during a COVID lockdown bubble. I tried to make both work but it’s just become too hard to keep that balance in check so I’m waving the white flag.”

She also praised her co-star, and the man now fronting the program solo.

“Mick Molloy is the funniest person in Australia and it has been a joy and privilege to work with him. We are great friends. I want to thank the incredible team from KM for their dedication and talent. I love them all and I’m so sad to leave but I will listen everyday to what will continue to be the best drive show in the country,” she added.

Equally, Molloy was full of compliments for the departing Kennedy.

“Jane Kennedy is the funniest, smartest, toughest chick I know. If she says she’s got too much on her plate then that’s the end of the argument. Jane will be missed by me, our team and anyone who enjoys listening to cracking radio. I guess I will have to chalk this up as yet another significant relationship with a woman that didn’t last as long as I would have liked,” he said.

Head of the Triple M Network, Mike Fitzpatrick, said: “The past year has created an opportunity for many of us to reassess our lifestyle priorities and I think there’s a lot of people going into 2021 with a renewed focus on what’s most important in our lives. It’s been so wonderful having Jane on Triple M, she will be missed by us all.”

He added: “As for Mick punching on with his own show. He’s got more than a few runs on the board. If anyone can go out and deliver a captains knock for the drive home, it’s him.”

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James
15 Jan 2021 - 1:06 pm

Good. I hope Newcastle, Australia’s 7th biggest city and test market reverts to live and local.

Anonymous
15 Jan 2021 - 1:28 pm

We will see how Molloy is doing solo, if they are looking for a replacement for Jane Kennedy Long Term then I would look no further than Tony Martin to Replace Her (if he is available and taking consideration if he wants to), Reuniting Martin/Molloy.

Mike
15 Jan 2021 - 1:52 pm

almost time for Dale Lewis to get back to drive time slot!

Andrew Ferguson
15 Jan 2021 - 2:19 pm

Get Kate Langbroek. Will be wasted on 3pm pickup.

GRAHAM BARRY
15 Jan 2021 - 2:30 pm

One of my all time favorite funny ladies in Australian entertainment. Sad to see you go Jane, but fully understand.

Tony
15 Jan 2021 - 2:37 pm

Here’s hoping the local CQ Triple M station dumps the show. It’s just not interesting, entertaining or funny, would rather just the music with a local announcer.

michael
15 Jan 2021 - 2:44 pm

@anonymous

that will never happen as they had a falling out years ago and havent spoken since and there is no way tony would go back to triple m anyway after they axed his get this program

CD
15 Jan 2021 - 2:56 pm

More budget cuts very sad to lose Jane.

J.
15 Jan 2021 - 4:12 pm

It will be interesting to see what the MMM’s do with Mick from here on out. While certainly he remains a talented radio performer, he might need to get back to basics i.e. save the sport stuff for TV / re-invest in the comedy on the airwaves if he’s going to remain engaged. The audience will follow.

After all, the man’s radio CV is legendary and he’s no one trick pony. The fact that he and Tony Martin are not in the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame is insane. This year alone a recording of Martin/Molloy was included in the National Film & Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia selection of recordings deemed to be of “cultural, historical and aesthetic significance”. Try and tell me anyone will give a rats about Sandilands or the various incarnations of the Cage/Zoo in 20+ years?

While the Hot Breakfast and Kennedy/Molloy certainly work within the structure of what is the samey-sameness of metropolitan commercial radio, it’s really not epoch shattering stuff. With that being said, having Jane within him the past few years has certainly brought back something that I don’t think audiences have heard from him in some time.

I know a lot of people (including myself) would love for Mick and Tone to work their stuff out and bring some of their magic back to the airwaves, but shoehorning something like that into an already established slot/program for the sake of nostalgia isn’t the answer and the MMM’s is definitely not the place for it anymore. Maybe a podcast, maybe a stand-up show. Hell, I’ll take a publicity tour for the re-release of Poop Chute, The Brown Album & Eat Your Peas.

I always thought solo Mick could have been Australia’s legitimate answer to Howard Stern. Brash, hilarious, rebellious but someone who genuinely understands the medium and lives for it.

Lisa
15 Jan 2021 - 9:50 pm

All Jane Kennedy used to do was bash Donald Trump. I think she left because she would have nothing to talk about now

Jamee
15 Jan 2021 - 10:00 pm

Sad. Will miss ya.

Neil McKenna
15 Jan 2021 - 10:03 pm

Judith Lucy is the obvious replacement if Tony doesn’t come back.

Doug
16 Jan 2021 - 10:26 am

Well I was hoping for a better year in 2021 but that is very disappointing news as listening to Jane and Mick on my drive home from work never failed to brighten the end of my day. So sad to see you leave Jane but fully understand your reasons and best wishes to you.

Bryce
16 Jan 2021 - 10:35 am

SCA treated Tony Martin so poorly he will never work here again. Besides, he’s contracted to Nova and my opinion is better than Pang.

SL
16 Jan 2021 - 10:37 am

Bring back Martin Molloy the greatest show ever on Aussie radio bar none.

Shane
16 Jan 2021 - 5:25 pm

What’s old Tony Martin up to these days?

Trevor Clark
17 Jan 2021 - 5:15 am

Mick Molloy is not funny, their show was boring
Triple m worst station on radio
Play the same few band’s day after day
No imagination

Garry Marchant
17 Jan 2021 - 7:40 am

Congratulations Jane Kennedy on a job well done with TRIPLE M on the KennedyMolloy Drive Show its been fantastic listen too you both, Jane you have been the Leveller to Mick Molloy keeping him check and at the same time being being an awesome person bring real life family and friends and colleagues to speak with you both to TRIPLE M but Family does come first especially for you……lets all support Mick Molloy ……maybe Rosemary can get a seat beside Mick…….you ROCK JANE KENNEDY ….MMM

Cobber
17 Jan 2021 - 7:51 pm

@J … You raise a great point about how talented and special both Tony Martin and Mick Molloy are. I think it’s a shame, however, that you put the boot into Kyle in order to further your argument about Martin/Molloy’s greatness. Sadly, you’re part of a large number of people in the industry who think that blowing out someone else’s candle will make their own shine brighter.

It may be a bit of a bummer for you to hear that in 2017, 570 episodes of The Kyle and Jackie O Show were collected by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

In the wise words of rapper Rico Richie: if you ain’t got no haters, you ain’t poppin’.

Lisa
18 Jan 2021 - 4:47 pm

Oh Jane. You will be sorely missed. Mick, just pick up that gauntlet and run. Anyone who did not enjoy your show . Never missed

for that last three and a half years had zero taste and zero sense of humour. It was the funniest show day after day

Mick C
19 Jan 2021 - 12:18 pm

@ James.

That will never happen its about ” corporate ” radio these days.

Only thing local is the adds

Barbara
21 Jan 2021 - 11:29 pm

I love this show! The hilarious fun and frivolity is the best way to drive home and I laugh all the way (except in the ads). Will miss Jane’s and Mick’s witty banter but love hearing the fun banter between Mick and Dave too. How about a new name – Oi Molloy (that’s Aussie for hey you – don’t confuse with French Oui).

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