Taft was recently a co-host of the short-lived Uplate on GO! and FOX Footy’s The Super Coach Show as well as having been the face of travel campaigns.
The Mole has previously been hosted by both Tom Williams and Grant Bowler and returns to Seven after a number of years’ absence.
This year the show is titled The Mole: Culture Clash and once again contestants must try and discover the identity of a ‘plant’ who is sabotaging their gameplay.
“This is the start of something special. The Mole is a much-loved show, and the time is right to return it to Australian screens. And to cast Shura as host is tremendously exciting. He’s taking the next step in his career, he has talent, charm and a very real ability to connect with the audience, and he’ll do a fantastic job,” said Seven’s Director of Production Brad Lyons.
“As a host you want to not only love what you do but also love the show you’re hosting. To be given the opportunity by Seven to be a part of The Mole is unbelievable. It’s a dream job,” Taft said.
“I’ve been a big fan of The Mole since the first series started when I was at secondary school. The fact that one of the contestants is actually trying to sabotage what the others are trying to achieve is fantastic intrigue. The mind games are the best part of the game. I’m an absolute Mole nerd,” he said.
There are questions about whether a return for The Mole could also come at the expense of The Amazing Race Australia. Despite calling for entrants the show is understood to not yet having been.
It’s nice to see some ‘new’ names getting their shot at hosting, instead of the usual faces.
Filming begins soon.