Channel Ten has fast-tracked their new breakfast show which will go to air four days ahead of schedule, meaning controversial New Zealand broadcaster Paul Henry is introduced to an unsuspecting Australian public today.
The decision was made following Kevin Rudd's resignation as Australia's Foreign Minister last night.
In a bid to capitalise on ratings from the political fallout, rehearsals have been cut short and new hosts Henry, Andrew Rochford, Kathryn Robinson and Magdalena Roze will go up against Channel Seven's Sunrise and Today on Channel Nine from 8am (NZT).
"That's right, the wait has been cut short, we're going live on-air tomorrow! Catch Ten Breakfast from 6am!" the show's official Twitter account posted.
Co-host Henry confirmed the news last night when he appeared on The Project as a guest panellist.
Paul Henry may not be everyone's cup of tea, but we've made no secret of the fact that we love his edgy style, his refusal to accept sacred cows, and his maniacal laugh. And as fate would have it, we'll be in the West Island in a couple of weeks, so we'll be able to give our valued readers a review upon our return.
We wish Paul Henry well in his new venture; TVNZ's loss is Australia's gain.