March 26, 2023

Sonia Kruger will mark her return to Channel 7 by ­presenting an upcoming telecast of the bushfire relief concert Fight Fire Australia three months after she left Channel 9.

The former Today Extra host will join Sunrise stars Samantha Armytage and David Koch, among others, to present Seven’s telecast of the 10-hour sold-out concert at ANZ Stadium.

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Sonia Kruger’s first post-defection role for Channel 7

About post-defection

Sonia Kruger's First Submit-Defection Position For Channel 7

Sonia Kruger returns to Seven West Media. Must Credit Nick Wilson.

The concert will be hosted by comedian Celeste Barber, who has raised an incredible $50 million to help communities affected by the devastating bushfires.

Sonia Kruger’s first post-defection role for Channel 7

Global rock legends Queen and Adam Lambert will headline the charity concert along with Michael Buble, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Guy Sebastian, ­Jessica Mauboy, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, and many more.

Seven’s managing director and CEO James Warburton said: “We’re proud to be ­broadcasting the sold-out Fire Fight Australia. The tremendous response to this concert demonstrates the willingness of Australians to support each other in their times of need.”

Fire Fight Australia airs on Channel 7 and 7plus on Sunday, February 16, from 1 pm (AEDT).

Kruger worked at Channel 7 for 14 years before moving to Channel 9 in 2011. She signed a multi-year deal with Seven which will see her front the new reality show Mega Mini Golf. She will also cover Seven’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics and feature as a judge on Australia’s Got ­Talent: The Champions.

Darren McMullen and Sonia Kruger were co-hosts on The Voice before his abrupt departure in 2015.

Darren McMullen and Sonia Kruger were co-hosts on The Voice before his abrupt departure in 2015.

Kruger’s return to Seven was recently announced as her somewhat surprising replacement on Channel 9’s The Voice.

TV presenter Darren McMullen will co-host the singing competition alongside Extra host Renee Bargh.

McMullen abruptly left The Voice in 2015 following a reported feud with Kruger, which he denied at the time.

The Scottish-Australian TV presenter hosted the show for four years alongside Faustina “Fuzzy” Agolley before Kruger replaced her in season four.

Reports claimed McMullen and Kruger did not get along behind the scenes, and the following year McMullen announced he would not return to the show.

“There are no friends in television,” he told The Daily Telegraph at the time. “But from my point of view, it ended amicably.”

In a separate interview with Who magazine, he acknowledged he was unhappy, which prompted his sudden departure from Nine.

“(It) was a hard decision and a huge risk,” McMullen said.

“I didn’t know if I was going to get anything else. But if you’re not happy in your life, you should change that and take the plunge, and things have a way of working out.

“Fortune favors the brave – it does.”

McMullen later publicly criticized Kruger over controversial comments she made about banning Muslim immigration in Australia.

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