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Totally Wild’s Stacey Thomson shares her anguish after being sacked by Channel Ten

‘I just can’t believe it’: Totally Wild host Stacey Thomson reveals her anguish after being sacked by Channel 10 after almost 30 years on the air

Totally Wild host Stacey Thomson has shared her disbelief at losing her job at Channel 10, after the long-running children’s program was axed on Wednesday.

Stacey, 56, who hosted the show since its inception in 1992, spoke to TV Blackbox on Thursday about the moment she realised Totally Wild’s future was in jeopardy.

‘[Totally Wild] moved from our beautiful time slot that used to be in the afternoon a few years ago, and then we went on to [10] Peach in the mornings, and then we went to the new one, which is called [10] Shake only recently,’ the TV veteran explained.

‘I just can’t believe it’: Totally Wild host Stacey Thomson has shared her disbelief at losing her job at Channel 10, after the long-running children’s program was axed on Wednesday

‘Our time-slot was all over the place. It was like Totally Wild was just kind of fizzing. It just felt like it was fizzing away, and we knew something was not quite right,’ she lamented. 

Stacey, who was known as Ranger Stacey on the show, admitted that there was some ‘gossip going around’ before Channel 10 pulled the plug on Totally Wild on Wednesday.   

‘I’m thinking, ‘What’s going to happen to us? It doesn’t look good’. And then we were told yesterday that it had been cancelled,’ Stacey explained. 

'It doesn't look good': Stacey, who was known as Ranger Stacey on the show, admitted to TV Blackbox on Thursday that there was some 'gossip going around' before Channel 10 pulled the plug on Totally Wild on Wednesday

‘It doesn’t look good’: Stacey, who was known as Ranger Stacey on the show, admitted to TV Blackbox on Thursday that there was some ‘gossip going around’ before Channel 10 pulled the plug on Totally Wild on Wednesday

‘Basically, the whole of the office… we’re pretty much out of there in a couple of weeks, including myself. I just can’t believe it,’ she added. 

Once known as the benchmark for Australian children’s television, Totally Wild was an educational news-style show that focused on nature, science, technology and sport.  

Channel 10 announced on Wednesday that the long-running program wasn’t being renewed after 27 seasons.  

Iconic: Stacey hosted the long-running children's program since its inception in 1992. Pictured with puppet Agro in the 1990s

Iconic: Stacey hosted the long-running children’s program since its inception in 1992. Pictured with puppet Agro in the 1990s 

The decision was made because Channel 10 is refocusing its children’s programming on drama rather than factual content. 

In a note to staff on Wednesday, content boss Beverley McGarvey confirmed some presenters and crew would be losing their jobs.

The show will continue to air twice a week on 10 Peach until July. 

End of an era: Once known as the benchmark for Australian children's television, Totally Wild was an educational news-style show that focused on nature, science, technology and sport

End of an era: Once known as the benchmark for Australian children’s television, Totally Wild was an educational news-style show that focused on nature, science, technology and sport 

‘The children’s department will remain an integral part of the programming department and our broader business and will remain based at [Channel 10’s Brisbane station] TVQ,’ Ms McGarvey said in her email to staff.

‘Unfortunately, this means we will say goodbye to some incredibly talented colleagues and friends who have made important contributions to our business.

‘I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for the great work, commitment and enthusiasm the department staff have shown to their jobs and our company. It is in no way a reflection of their talent contribution or passion.’ 

Cancelled: Channel 10 announced on Wednesday that the long-running program wasn't being renewed after 27 seasons. Pictured: Totally Wild presenters Stacey Thomson, Emily Dickson, Jack Kelly and Jesse Baird

Cancelled: Channel 10 announced on Wednesday that the long-running program wasn’t being renewed after 27 seasons. Pictured: Totally Wild presenters Stacey Thomson, Emily Dickson, Jack Kelly and Jesse Baird

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