‘I’m devastated’: Dee Dee Dunleavy dropped by 3AW, effective immediately

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Broadcaster Dee Dee Dunleavy has expressed her disappointment on social media at being dropped by talk radio station 3AW, with her departure taking effect immediately.

“I was having the time of my life in my job. I’m devastated that it has come to an end,” Dunleavy wrote on Twitter. “I am extremely happy to be leaving with ratings that I am proud of.

Outgoing 3AW presenter Dee Dee Dunleavy.

“I will miss my team and my dedicated audience. I have always been grateful that they have shared their lives with me.”

In a statement, 3AW said it “agreed to an early conclusion” for the Afternoons presenter’s role, after informing her that her contract would not be renewed.

Dunleavy, whose real name is Diane, has hosted the afternoons show on the station since January 2020, moving from the weekend slot she had shared with long-time broadcasting partner Peter Stubbs (aka Grubby) as the replacement for Dennis Walter.

The move was seen at the time as part of the station’s effort to draft more female presenters, and coincided with a move in Sydney to bring Deborah Knight into the same slot on Sydney sister station 2GB.

Both 3AW and 2GB are owned by Nine, as is this masthead.

3AW Station Manager Stephen Beers said: “I want to thank Dee Dee for her three and a half years on Afternoons and before that her stint on Weekend Break with Grubby. She’s been a great part of the 3AW line up.”

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