Michael Hing joins Lewis Hobba for triple j Drive
Comedian Michael Hing has been announced as the permanent replacement for Veronica Milsom on triple j Drive.
Lewis Hobba’s long-time co-host Milsom announced last week that when she won’t return to triple j once she departs the station to have her second child.
On Tuesday’s Drive show, Veronica & Lewis had intended to tease out the process, but the former accidentally revealed that Hing was the replacement ahead of time.
Hing will step into the role alongside Hobba in two and a half weeks time, after recently departing SBS current affairs show The Feed. He also hosts Good Game on the ABC.
“I’m really excited to be hosting triple j Drive with Veronica,” said Hing.
“She’s a close friend, a great comedian and someone I’ve always looked up to… wait, Veronica’s the one leaving? So I’m hosting with Lewis? Okay, I guess that’s fine.”
Hing has filled in across several triple j slots over the past few years, and is also a stand-up comedian.
“I’ll really miss triple j, but I’m excited about the advertising opportunities once I leave,” said Milsom.
“Sometimes I wonder if collaborating with a major sporting brand will feel disgusting and shameless, but my gut says Just Do It.”
Hobba added; “Since we met at high school I’ve spent more time with Veronica than anyone else, and I still get excited to see her every day.
“Veronica has a beautiful, weird brain and it’s been a joy to watch Australia fall in love with the way she looks at the world.
“I could go on forever but Veronica gets *very* uncomfortable around heartfelt farewells, which is why I hope everyone says something nice to her before she goes. She’ll absolutely hate it.”
Milsom is the latest in a series of presenters to depart since the end of 2019, including Linda Marigliano from Mornings, Gen Fricker from Arvos and Tom Tilley from Hack.
Breakfast pair Ben & Liam also left the station to return to their hometown of Adelaide for a gig at the Nova Network.