Josh Thomson has announced he will be stepping back from his role as co-host on The Project to spend more time with his family and focus on upcoming acting roles.
Jeremy Corbett, one of New Zealand's most recognisable comedians, will take up the co-host role alongside Jesse Mulligan and Kanoa Lloyd from April.
Josh, who is expecting his first child at the end of March, will continue to contribute to The Project, and will join Jesse and Kanoa on the desk regularly.
"I love being on The Project, but I've got a baby coming and I want to spend as much time as I can with the little blighter in between working on some projects of my own," says Josh.
"Just because I won't be on this one as much, it doesn't mean I love Jesse and Kanoa any less. I'll still be here most weeks, mainly to annoy them."
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Josh has co-hosted The Project since it launched in February 2017. During that time, he has covered a range of stories, including opening up about his own personal experiences during Fertility Week and awarding the humble mint slice the title of New Zealand's Biscuit of The Year.
He recently launched his local documentary series Subject: Dad, as well as starring in the international series The New Legends of Monkey.
Jeremy will bring his signature style of comedy and analysis to The Project, in addition to hosting 7 Days.
"I love being the guest panelist on The Project and jumped at the chance to be a disruptive talker on a full-time basis, though I'm nervous about sitting in Thommo's seat because he's the funniest man in New Zealand," says Jeremy.
"I've got huge respect for both Kanoa and Jesse, who are not only smart and funny, but have great personal hygiene. But I'm joining because of the team who work behind the scenes.
"It's a great crew who do all the work so I can take the credit. Long may that continue."
The Project executive producer Jon Bridges says: "It's always hard to lose someone who's a big part of a small team, so I'm extremely glad Josh isn't abandoning us completely.
"Finding something good to say about Jeremy Corbett on the other hand... Jeremy is the smartest and most trusted comedian in New Zealand, he is unfailingly and naturally funny, and his 30-something years in broadcasting will make him an incredible asset for The Project.
"There. That wasn't so hard."
The Project screens 7pm weeknights on Three and online at ThreeNow.