Former Studio 10 host Sarah Harris thought her time at the network was up and that she’d have to get a normal job in the public sector before landing plum gig on The Project
Former Studio 10 host Sarah Harris thought her time was up at Channel 10 before landing her current role on The Project.
The 41-year-old had taken to checking out job listings on LinkedIn before she was offered the high-profile hosting gig at the end of of 2022.
With a year left on her contract at the network, Sarah said she was even thinking of a public service job with the NSW Department of Transport.
The mother-of-two made the surprising comments during an interview on The Jess Rowe Big Show Talk Show podcast on Tuesday.
Sarah told Rowe that a role on 10’s flagship current affairs program The Project was not something she was looking for.
Former Studio 10 host Sarah Harris (pictured) has revealed that she thought her time was up at Channel 10 before landing her current role on The Project
The 41-year-old is now a co-host on The Project with Waleed Aly (left) after replacing Carrie Bickmore
‘I had a year left on my contract at 10,’ she explained.
‘And it felt like things were wrapping up for me and I couldn’t shake the feeling,’ she continued. ‘And I would find myself going onto Linkedin and saving job ads.’
In a surprising admission, Harris said that a position at the NSW Department of Transport was one of the roles she’d had her eye on.
‘I thought my kids love trains and I thought I would be able to get an Opal card for free and I could move into working more normal hours,’ she added.
Sarah explained that she had her post-media career planned out for herself, but had to ‘throw that out’ once The Project gig came up.
‘And it was one of those things that I went, “If I don’t say yes to this opportunity, and I hate having regrets, I will beat myself up over this if I don’t say yes”.’
Sarah told Jess Rowe, who was her former co-host on Studio 10, that she’d started looking for jobs on Linkedin before landing a spot on The Project
Sarah also spoke about the scandal enveloping The Project earlier this year after the program aired a controversial joke about Christianity.
The current affairs show suffered a barrage of criticism after comedian and cabaret performer Reuben Kaye joked that he admired Jesus Christ because ‘I love any man who can get nailed for three days straight and come back for more’.
Describing the fall out and backlash as an unpleasant couple of weeks, Sarah, who has been open about mental health struggles said: ‘I thought it was good for me in a way to through that very humbling experience.’
Sarah gained a legion of fans during her nine-year tenure hosting Studio 10 thanks to her sunny disposition and affable nature.
With a year left on her contract at the network, Sarah said she was even thinking of a public service job with the NSW Department of Transport
Harris joins Aly, Sam Taunton, Michael Hing, Hamish Macdonald and Georgie Tunny on The Project’s revamped panel. All pictured
She joined The Project after Carrie Bickmore, 41, announced her shock departure from the panel show in October after 12 years on air.
Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Helliar’s resignations followed.
Sarah, who separated from her husband Tom Ward in 2021, is believed to have recently re-signed a new, long-term contract with Ten.
She joined the prime-time panel show at the start of the year, after the departures of regular hosts Carrie Bickmore, Pete Helliar and Lisa Wilkinson at the end of 2022.
The new line up includes ex-ABC sports presenter Georgie Tunny and former Triple J announcer Michael Hing alongside long-serving anchor Waleed Aly.