The real reason Ita defected from Studio 10
TWO weeks after famously quitting as co-host Studio 10, Ita Buttrose has turned up on rival program The Morning Show.
The 76-year-old appeared on the couch next to Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur on Channel 7 to discuss the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The appearance comes after it's believed one of the reasons Buttrose left the Channel 10 program after five years was despite being in London to cover the weddings of Prince Charles and Diana, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and Prince William and Catherine, Channel 10 were not going to send her to cover the wedding next week.
Instead, Lisa Wilkinson and Angela Bishop will be hosting the coverage for Channel 10.
"Ita, it's great to see you. We haven't seen you for a few years," Emdur said at the end of the segment.
"It's great to have you've made you're way back to The Morning Show."
The Morning Show's executive producer Sarah Stinson told The Daily Telegraph said it was an easy decision to ask Buttrose on the show and was "thrilled" when she said yes.
"When it comes to royal wedding coverage, Ita is undisputedly the queen. She's covered them all since Charles and Diana, so we invited her on to share some insights as we countdown to Harry and Meghan," Stinson said.
It's unclear whether this was a one off appearance for Buttrose or whether she will be a regular feature on the show, which is the ratings winner in it's category.
Buttrose quit Studio 10 two weeks ago, admit reports of tension between her and co-host Denise Drysdale saying she was grateful for her "long involvement" with Ten. "I've had five great years on Studio 10, but it is time for me to move on and focus on other parts of my life, including spending more time with my grandchildren and writing," Buttrose, pictured, said.
The news comes just a month after former co-star Jessica Rowe announced she was leaving the program for family reasons.
At the time, a television source told The Daily Telegraph they wouldn't be surprised if the much-loved Buttrose would be snapped up by another network.