Elliot ends the Rollercoaster ride

By David Knox on December 8, 2009 / Filed Under News 14

esElliot Spencer, host of ABC children’s program RollerCoaster, has resigned from the show after five years.

In a statement issued by the ABC, Spencer indicated he wanted to decided to pursue new opportunities as a writer /performer in TV comedy and light entertainment.

“I will truly miss hanging out with all of the amazing and hilarious Rollercastrians across the country,” he said. “I’m so unbelievably thankful for their support of the show and me, that it is impossible to describe my level of unbelievable thankfulness!

“However the time is right for me to start working on something bigger and funnier than was possible within Rollercoaster. So fear not my friends, my imagination is unstoppable. I’ll be back with something to make you laugh your lips off and once again say ‘Elliot is weird. But that’s why we like him’. As always, this is only bye for now, not forever.”

Tim Brooke-Hunt, ABC TV’s Executive Head of Children’s TV said, “ABC TV greatly values Elliot’s contribution and we are reluctant to lose his skills to the organisation, so we will assist him in finding other roles within the ABC, and with independent producers with whom we work.

“Elliot has made an outstanding contribution as both a writer and host of RollerCoaster over such a long period of time. He has been a positive role model for many kids who have regularly watched the show, and I am delighted he wishes to continue his career with the ABC,” he said.

Last week the broadcaster launched its new dedicated kids channel, ABC3 and ABC for Kids on ABC2. The Rollercoaster suite of programmes airs on both ABC1 and ABC3.

Spencer will remain on screen until late January 2010.

ABC says a decision on the future of the RollerCoaster block will be made in the New Year.

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14 Comments »

  1. Remus Lupin February 14, 2010 at 12:21 am -

    OMG!! Bye Elliot!! I’ll miss you!

    Does anyone know who’s replacing him?

    He shouldn’t leave he’s awesome.

  2. AA February 2, 2010 at 7:11 pm -

    Super Hero Squad Show repeats (also seen on ABC3) have replaced Rollercoaster

  3. Real Sweet December 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm -

    I really did like Elliot as Rollercoaster host. Hopefully we will see him in another program soon

  4. Chris December 14, 2009 at 5:18 pm -

    I liked Elliot. He is so much better than the new Barbie/Ken hosts.

  5. Billy C December 10, 2009 at 1:56 am -

    Josh in doubt the head of light entertainment would be involved in a decision about childrens tv. A lot of us are annoyed about good game but blindly throwing mud doesn’t help.

  6. Reality Raver December 9, 2009 at 9:55 pm -

    This kids has bucketloads of talent, hopefully we will see him on our screens soon.

  7. luke December 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm -

    Seems like only yesterday he first started on our screens. I thought he would never last… Good on him for making five years.

  8. AA December 8, 2009 at 8:12 pm -

    Will ABC audition for a new host-or maybe create a new afternoon block?

  9. The Strikester December 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm -

    No! Don’t go Elliot!!!

  10. Kirben December 8, 2009 at 2:01 pm -

    If only the ABC would use this opportunity to leave RollerCoaster host-less, and save money. Focusing on good quality TV series and more variety for RollerCoaster instead.

    But I doubt that will happen, with more pointless hosts added for the ABC3 channel. What a waste of money.

  11. Bereft Skerrick December 8, 2009 at 1:23 pm -

    Wow, another change at the ABC. I just hope that he wasn’t derailed for the sake of change.

  12. Chloe December 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm -

    @ Josh

    Totally agree. He probably was going to be replaced and wanted to avoid the backlash Jung got, so he resigned instead. We’ll only be proved right when a woman takes his job.

  13. GuanoLad December 8, 2009 at 10:19 am -

    Wow, he even talks like that in press releases.

  14. Josh December 8, 2009 at 10:16 am -

    If Amanda Duthie was involved, it was for mass appeal and he will be replaced by a woman. I bet it

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