Channel 10 Upfronts: Charlie Pickering, Tom Gleeson return to network

Two of ABC’s biggest stars have joined Channel 10, the network announced at its Upfronts presentation on Thursday.

Tom Gleeson, the host of ABC game show Hard Quiz, will co-host a local version of the British comedy series Taskmaster.

The Weekly presenter Charlie Pickering also joins the cast of the panel show “Would I Lie to You?” hosted by Chrissie Swan.

Two of ABC's biggest stars have joined Channel 10, the network announced at its Upfronts presentation on Thursday. Tom Gleeson (pictured), the host of ABC game show Hard Quiz, will co-host a local version of British comedy series Taskmaster

Two of ABC's biggest stars have joined Channel 10, the network announced at its Upfronts presentation on Thursday. Tom Gleeson (pictured), the host of ABC game show Hard Quiz, will co-host a local version of British comedy series Taskmaster

Two of ABC’s biggest stars have joined Channel 10, the network announced at its Upfronts presentation on Thursday. Tom Gleeson (pictured), the host of ABC game show Hard Quiz, will co-host a local version of British comedy series Taskmaster

It is understood the couple will continue their on-air duties at ABC alongside hosting Channel 10 programmes.

Gleeson, 48, joins comedian Tom Cashman on Taskmaster, in which a group of five celebrities – mostly comedians – attempt to complete a series of challenges.

Pickering, 45, is a new team captain on Would I be Lying to You?, in which two teams attempt to dupe one another with elaborate stories while studio audiences and viewers at home try to discern fact from fiction.

Gleeson, 48, joins comedian Tom Cashman (right) on Taskmaster, which sees a group of five celebrities - mostly comedians - attempt to complete a series of challenges

Gleeson, 48, joins comedian Tom Cashman (right) on Taskmaster, which sees a group of five celebrities - mostly comedians - attempt to complete a series of challenges

Gleeson, 48, joins comedian Tom Cashman (right) on Taskmaster, which sees a group of five celebrities – mostly comedians – attempt to complete a series of challenges

“I’ve always loved the show and as the new team captain I can’t wait to maximize my opportunities to lie to the Australian public,” he said.

Pickering famously left Channel 10’s The Project in 2014 because he felt working for the commercial network compromised his moral values.

The following year he began hosting The Weekly on ABC.

Weekly host Charlie Pickering also joins the cast of the panel show Would I Lie To You?

Weekly host Charlie Pickering also joins the cast of the panel show Would I Lie To You?

Weekly host Charlie Pickering also joins the cast of the panel show Would I Lie to You?

Would I lie to you?, hosted by Chrissie Swan (pictured), sees two teams attempt to dupe one another with elaborate stories while studio audiences try to discern fact from fiction

Would I lie to you?, hosted by Chrissie Swan (pictured), sees two teams attempt to dupe one another with elaborate stories while studio audiences try to discern fact from fiction

Would I lie to you?, hosted by Chrissie Swan (pictured), sees two teams attempt to dupe one another with elaborate stories while viewers at home try to discern fact from fiction

He told The Daily Telegraph at the time he felt his morale was jeopardized when he was asked by producers to do an interview with radio DJ Mel Greig after the infamous 2012 prank phone scandal led to the death of a nurse.

He revealed that he and co-host Carrie Bickmore have been fighting with producers over hosting the sit-down chat, which was hosted by their former radio station 2DayFM.

By this point, Pickering knew Greig was not in a mentally stable place and was struggling with the severity of what had happened, and said he feared interviewing her would result in her breaking down under pressure.

Pickering (with Carrie Bickmore, center, and Peter Helliar, right) abruptly left 10's The Project in 2014 because he felt working for the commercial network compromised his moral values

Pickering (with Carrie Bickmore, center, and Peter Helliar, right) abruptly left 10's The Project in 2014 because he felt working for the commercial network compromised his moral values

Pickering (with Carrie Bickmore, center, and Peter Helliar, right) abruptly left 10’s The Project in 2014 because he felt working for the commercial network compromised his moral values

“I lost friends to suicide,” he said.

“And I didn’t want to be complicit in a situation that could lead to more mental health issues. Carrie and I spent all day fighting it.’

Although the couple managed to “win that fight” and the interview was scrapped, Pickering hinted that the situation damaged his relationship with Channel 10.

He also said that at the time he objected to The Project’s coverage of the infamous St. Kilda Schoolgirls”.

Pickering said at the time he felt his morals were hurt when he was asked by producers to do an interview with radio DJ Mel Greig after the infamous 2012 royal hoax scandal led to the death of a nurse . (Pickering and Bickmore are pictured via The Project in June 2012 with guest Katy Perry and panelist Anthony'Lehmo' Lehmann)

Pickering said at the time he felt his morals were hurt when he was asked by producers to do an interview with radio DJ Mel Greig after the infamous 2012 royal hoax scandal led to the death of a nurse . (Pickering and Bickmore are pictured via The Project in June 2012 with guest Katy Perry and panelist Anthony'Lehmo' Lehmann)

Pickering said at the time he felt his morals were hurt when he was asked by producers to do an interview with radio DJ Mel Greig after the infamous 2012 royal hoax scandal led to the death of a nurse . (Pickering and Bickmore are pictured via The Project in June 2012 with guest Katy Perry and panelist Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann)

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk


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