Rove will be off air until April / May 2010.
The host confirmed the hiatus in an interview with news.com.au.
“This show is my love and my passion and it’s always what I’ve wanted to do. If everything else fell down, as long as I still get to do this thing I love the most then I’m happy,” he said.
“We have that (a connection with the audience) at the moment and I think that’s where my enthusiasm is coming from.
“When your personal life is in a good place it helps with your professional life as well.”
Across its ten year life, on two channels, the show has taken extended breaks before. It didn’t start until April in either 2008 or 2007, something many seem to forget.
The long-running Tonight show is one of 4 projects from Roving Enterprises.
Roving’s other format Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? is in limbo with the network failing to indicate its decision on the show.
“With The 7PM Project, it’s a new show and I’m assuming it will need time to find its feet as a program and a format and hopefully people will give it that time.”
The company’s other title is Before the Game, which had a good year as the network’s panel footy show.
McManus winds up Rove on November 15 with a giant outdoor BBQ. He also spoke about not playing along with magazines looking to sell stories with sensationalist headlines. He remains protective of his personal life.
“The other day a stranger came up and said, “I just respect the way you live your life your way”. I’d never live my life based on someone else’s opinion.”