Kerri-Anne Kennerley has finally confirmed her defection to the Seven Network, including her own primetime show.
But she has taken the opportunity to hit out at her former employer, Nine.
She told News Limited that network execs were under a high degree of stress.
“When people are under stress they don’t always do things as you would expect them to do things, and there’s no denying that those Channel 9 executives are under high stress,” she said.
“It’s on the record that they’re being chased by a bunch of banks who will need to resolve their financial issues.
She even likened the network to Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, which was grounded last month.
“There’s a few parallels between (Nine) and the Costa Concordia – they veer off course, hit the rocks, try to right themselves and sink, and the captain gets off first – so let’s see how their year pans out.”
A TV survivor, Kennerley knows how to give quotes to the press that make their point.
Her remarks are also carefully timed for maximum impact, on the first day of the 2012 ratings season. In the Sunday Tele it is accompanied by a graphic of the Nine logo sinking into Sydney Harbour.
She also admitted she had lost control of her show and that “the right decisions were not being made.” After 8 years with Nine she eventually learned of her show’s demise via the press and not management.
“I don’t think it’s too much to expect a little courtesy, no matter who you are.”
Seven has signed her for an appearance on Dancing with the Stars, as a guest host/reporter on other Seven shows including Weekend Sunrise, and her own an unnamed primetime show.
Kennerley was always expected to have a role beyond Dancing given that exiting Nine would be a point of no return.
“I can’t say much more about it because I would be shot at dawn. But it’s in the middle of the year, it’s not an interview show and is something I’m really looking forward to,” she said of her new project.
So far she hasn’t sighted her replacement, Mornings with Sonia Kruger and David Campbell, but remains pragmatic.
“I will eventually have a look, but all is fair in love and war and television – except wars have the Geneva Convention and rules of engagement and TV doesn’t.”