Presenter to leave Good Morning

Last updated 11:07 09/11/2010
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Splitting hairs: It's funny how the years slip by, says Hadyn Jones.

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Hadyn Jones has announced he will leave TVNZ's Good Morning show at the end of the year after spending just 12 months on TVNZ's morning magazine-style show.

Jones was the replacement for Steve Gray, the broadcaster whose axing after 12 years on the show caused controversy at the end of 2009. Brendon Pongia and Sarah Bradley are the weekday show's main hosts.

Jones - who is infamous for a 2006 expose on Nicky Watson in which he asked the model: "Now, your breasts. Are they real?" - said he had planned to spend two years on Good Morning but missed news and current affairs too much.

"My gut tells me news and current affairs is a better fit for me," he said in a statement.

"I am indebted to the wonderful crew at Good Morning. I really have enjoyed my year but think my broadcasting heart is elsewhere."

Gray told Woman's Day his axing by TVNZ late last year was "weird".

"I walked into this impromptu meeting with my producer and was told, at first, that they were letting me go because of budget cuts," the 44-year old said.

That followed a meeting six months earlier in which Gray claimed he was told to "tone down" his gayness.

"Tone down your gayness? How do you do that? It's like saying to Brendon, 'Tone down your Maori!" he told Woman's Day.

Jones won the 2006 Qantas TV Award for Best Current Affairs Reporter and the 2006 Telecom Award for Sports Television at the TP McLean Sports Journalism Awards.

There are no plans for a replacement for Jones at this stage, a TVNZ statement said.

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