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Charlie Pickering hints he might return to The Project – seven years after quitting the program

Charlie Pickering hints he might return to The Project – as he says she would be open to reprising his panellist role on the show

He shocked fans when he quit popular Channel Ten news and current affairs show The Project in 2014.

And on Tuesday, Charlie Pickering revealed he’d consider returning to the program if he ever had the opportunity.

The 43-year-old told Yahoo Lifestyle, he would return to The Project to continue his signature sign off at the end of each episode, which involved drawing a piece of the male anatomy.

Return? Charlie Pickering (pictured) hinted he might return to The Project – as he said she would be open to reprising his panellist role on the show on Tuesday

Charlie explained how he isn’t able to continue the joke on his current show, ABC’s The Weekly With Charlie Pickering.

‘I don’t have any paper notes for The Weekly. To be really honest, I was very sad when I realised I wasn’t going to have notes so I won’t have a pen and won’t be able to sign off,’ he said.

‘I do miss those days so who knows, maybe I’ll go back to The Project one day just so I can sign off again,’ he added.

Signature joke: The 43-year-old told Yahoo Lifestyle, he would return to The Project to continue his signature sign off at the end of each episode, which involved drawing a piece of the male anatomy

Signature joke: The 43-year-old told Yahoo Lifestyle, he would return to The Project to continue his signature sign off at the end of each episode, which involved drawing a piece of the male anatomy

Charlie announced his shock departure from the news program back in 2014 ahead of the arrival of his first child.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph at the time, he said he felt his morals were compromised when asked by producers to do an interview with radio DJ Mel Greig in the wake of the infamous royal hoax scandal that resulted in the death of a nurse in 2012.

He revealed that he and co-host Carrie Bickmore fought with producers about doing the sit-down chat that was offered by her former radio network 2DayFM.

Quit: Charlie announced his shock departure from the news program back in 2014 ahead of the arrival of his first child

Quit: Charlie announced his shock departure from the news program back in 2014 ahead of the arrival of his first child

Knowing at the time that Mel was not in a mentally stable place and struggling to cope with the gravity of what had happened, Charlie says he feared an interview with her would cause her to crack under pressure.

‘I have lost friends to suicide,’ he said.

‘And I wasn’t going to be complicit in a situation that could lead to further mental health issues. Carrie and I spent the entire day fighting it.’

Although the pair managed to ‘win that fight’, Charlie hinted that the situation damaged his relationship with Channel Ten.

Breaking point: In an interview with the Daily Telegraph at the time, he said he felt his morals were compromised when asked by producers to do an interview with radio DJ Mel Greig in the wake of the infamous royal hoax scandal that resulted in the death of a nurse in 2012

Breaking point: In an interview with the Daily Telegraph at the time, he said he felt his morals were compromised when asked by producers to do an interview with radio DJ Mel Greig in the wake of the infamous royal hoax scandal that resulted in the death of a nurse in 2012

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