Sunrise's 'man in Hollywood' Nelson Aspen resigns after 20 years

Sunrise's 'man in Hollywood' Nelson Aspen resigns after 20 years

07/01/2022

Channel Seven star QUITS live on air: Sunrise’s ‘man in Hollywood’ Nelson Aspen resigns after almost 20 years as a showbiz correspondent

Sunrise’s long-time U.S.-based entertainment reporter Nelson Aspen is quitting the Channel Seven breakfast show after almost two decades on air.

The 58-year-old announced his resignation on Friday after delivering his morning showbusiness news bulletin live from New York City.

‘After 19 and a half years with Sunrise, I am giving you my two weeks’ notice,’ Aspen told co-hosts Natalie Barr and Michael Usher, who seemed surprised by the news.

Sunrise’s ‘man in Hollywood’ Nelson Aspen announced his resignation live on air on Friday. The veteran entertainment journalist is pictured here on the Oscars red carpet in March

Aspen is leaving Sunrise to finish his new book, Your Home Is Your Castle.

‘I am going to go and finish up my new book… and I’ll be doing a book tour, a Q&A show that will include Australian cities,’ he said.

Aspen’s last day will be July 15.

‘After 19 and a half years with Sunrise, I am giving you my two weeks’ notice,’ Aspen told co-hosts Natalie Barr (left) and Michael Usher (centre), who seemed surprised by the news 

An upset Barr said: ‘Nelson, it’s been a wonderful ride. We are going to miss you, but it’s not goodbye as we have two weeks to say that.’

Aspen has been a fixture of Sunrise for almost 20 years, reporting to a series of hosts including Barr, Samantha Armytage and Melissa Doyle.

He was based in Los Angeles when he first joined the team, and remained Sunrise’s ‘man in Hollywood’ even after moving to New York City.

Aspen has been a fixture of Sunrise for almost 20 years, reporting to a series of hosts including Barr, Samantha Armytage and Melissa Doyle (left) 

Aspen (pictured during one of his first appearances on Australian TV) is leaving Sunrise to finish his new book, Your Home Is Your Castle. His last day will be July 15

Aspen marked 15 years on Sunrise back in 2018, saying he was grateful for ‘having the opportunity to interview so many stars’.

‘Just having the experience of being a part of the Sunrise family and coming to Australia and meeting you guys and the fans… these are opportunities that are extraordinary,’ he added.

He was recently presented with the International Media Journalist of the Year award by the Publicists Guild of America in 2020, by none other than Jennifer Aniston. 

Throughout his career, Aspen has interviewed the likes of Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford and Rose Byrne, and has covered all the major awards for Sunrise, including the Oscars and Golden Globes. 

Throughout his career, Aspen has interviewed the likes of Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford and Rose Byrne, and has covered all the major awards for Sunrise, including the Oscars

Aspen was recently presented with the International Media Journalist of the Year award by the Publicists Guild of America in 2020, by none other than Jennifer Aniston (right)

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