Australian funnyman Rove McManus is set to return home to Australia to co-host popular current affairs talk show The Project.
McManus, who will replace former host Charlie Pickering, and Network Ten are expected to close the deal today.
The return to the network that made him a household name has been seen as somewhat of an about-face for the highly regarded McManus, whose recent TV endeavour in the US with Steve Carell, Riot, was axed after just four episodes.
Riot received one of the weakest audience rating debuts ever for a show on a major US network.
Network Ten released a statement today saying they are ‘thrilled’ to have McManus back on The Project’s panel for the next few months, no doubt hoping for a popularity boost.
McManus’ previous appearance on show in May saw a significant rise in viewers to over 700,000 – it’s rating usually sit at about 650,000 a night.
The Project is produced by McManus’ company, Roving Enterprises, and will reunite McManus with stars Peter Helliar and aCarrie Bickmore who established their career beside McManus in the popular variety show Rove Live.
Not everyone was quite so thrilled with the decision – it is understood that occasional co-host Matt Doran was reportedly in the running to host the show full time and was ‘gutted’ when McManus was selected.