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Melissa Doyle reveals her firing from Seven wasn’t a total shock

It was announced last month that Melissa Doyle would be leaving Seven after an incredible 25 years of service with the network.

In her first interview since her shock departure, the 50-year-old journalist told The Sunday Telegraph’s Stellar magazine this week that the axing wasn’t out of the blue.

‘I wouldn’t say it came as a total shock, I just felt really sad,’ she admitted. 

'I just felt really sad': Melissa Doyle (pictured), 50, revealed how her firing from Seven wasn't a 'total shock', in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph's Stellar magazine this week

‘I just felt really sad’: Melissa Doyle (pictured), 50, revealed how her firing from Seven wasn’t a ‘total shock’, in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph’s Stellar magazine this week 

Melissa also revealed how she allowed herself one day to ‘wallow on the couch’. 

‘I let myself have one day when I wallowed on the couch and had a gin and tonic a little earlier than I should have,’ the mother-of-two said with a laugh. 

The wallowing was short-lived, with Melissa telling Stellar how grateful she is to have had such an illustrious career with Seven.

‘I’ve had more opportunities than I could’ve imagined. I’ve covered more stories, been to more places and met more people than the 16-year-old girl who wanted to be a journalist could’ve dreamt of,’ she said.   

Honest: 'I let myself have one day when I wallowed on the couch and had a gin and tonic a little earlier than I should have,' the mother-of-two said with a laugh

Honest: ‘I let myself have one day when I wallowed on the couch and had a gin and tonic a little earlier than I should have,’ the mother-of-two said with a laugh 

Impressive: During her career, Melissa hosted several of Seven's flagship programs, including Sunrise, Today Tonight, 7News, Sunday Night and The Latest

Impressive: During her career, Melissa hosted several of Seven’s flagship programs, including Sunrise, Today Tonight, 7News, Sunday Night and The Latest 

During her career, Melissa hosted several of Seven’s flagship programs, including Sunrise, Today Tonight, 7News, Sunday Night and The Latest. 

Her departure is believed to be the result of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Seven particularly hard.  

Melissa first joined Seven’s Canberra bureau as a political reporter back in 1995. She then moved to Sydney, working as a newsreader on the 11AM program. 

Class act: As news broke of her departure from Seven, Melissa said in a statement last month: 'For 25 years, I have called Channel Seven home. I've had the privilege to share stories that mattered, meet incredible people and be there for significant moments in history'

Class act: As news broke of her departure from Seven, Melissa said in a statement last month: ‘For 25 years, I have called Channel Seven home. I’ve had the privilege to share stories that mattered, meet incredible people and be there for significant moments in history’ 

'She reimagined breakfast TV': David Koch (pictured), 64, praised his former Sunrise co-host Melissa in a heartfelt tribute on Seven News last month (pictured), after her shock departure

‘She reimagined breakfast TV’: David Koch (pictured), 64, praised his former Sunrise co-host Melissa in a heartfelt tribute on Seven News last month (pictured), after her shock departure 

After 11 years working alongside David Koch on Sunrise, she announced she was leaving Sunrise, departing in August 2013. 

Melissa remained with the network, however, presenting Seven Afternoon News and Seven News at 7.

In 2015, she was announced as host and senior correspondent for Sunday Night, but the current affairs show was cancelled in October 2019, as a cost-cutting measure. 

Talent: 'Sunrise wouldn't be what it is today without Mel Doyle. She was part of the founding group that sort of reimagined breakfast television,' he said in the tribute that also aired footage of the pair throughout the years

Talent: ‘Sunrise wouldn’t be what it is today without Mel Doyle. She was part of the founding group that sort of reimagined breakfast television,’ he said in the tribute that also aired footage of the pair throughout the years 

Endearing personality: David added of Melissa (pictured early on in her career): 'She's incredibly warm and she's compassionate. She's family oriented. [Got] a great sense of humour, great values. And we almost became part of each other's family'

Endearing personality: David added of Melissa (pictured early on in her career): ‘She’s incredibly warm and she’s compassionate. She’s family oriented. [Got] a great sense of humour, great values. And we almost became part of each other’s family’ 

David Koch praised Melissa for her talent in a heartfelt tribute aired on the 7pm News last month. 

‘Sunrise wouldn’t be what it is today without Mel Doyle. She was part of the founding group that sort of reimagined breakfast television,’ the 64-year-old said.   

David went on to commend Melissa for her endearing personality off-camera.

‘She’s incredibly warm and she’s compassionate. She’s family oriented. [Got] a great sense of humour, great values. And we almost became part of each other’s family.’  

Former colleagues: After 11 years working alongside David on Sunrise, Melissa announced she was leaving Sunrise, departing in August 2013. Pictured with Sunrise's Natalie Barr and David in 2005

Former colleagues: After 11 years working alongside David on Sunrise, Melissa announced she was leaving Sunrise, departing in August 2013. Pictured with Sunrise’s Natalie Barr and David in 2005 

Breaking her silence: Melissa's full interview is featured in this week's Stellar magazine in The Sunday Telegraph

Breaking her silence: Melissa’s full interview is featured in this week’s Stellar magazine in The Sunday Telegraph 

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