Doyle (2nd from left) cries as she announces ‘Sunrise’ departure

A female morning show anchor, “knifed” in the back. A teary on-air resignation that had more to it than it seemed.

No, this isn’t NBC’s “Today,” this is Channel 7 Australia’s “Sunrise.”

It seems morning show drama is not a uniquely American phenomenon. Melissa Doyle, the co-anchor of “Sunrise,” broke into tears on the program two weeks ago, saying that she was leaving “with great sadness” but that she had been offered a “great opportunity.”

Now, however, The Age reports that Doyle was axed, and that executives at Channel 7 were plotting her departure for week’s as Australia’s “Today” show had been gaining ground on “Sunrise.”

Doyle was reportedly told to take a pay cut, step down from Sunrise and pretend she had been promoted to a news presenting position…

Seven executives had decided at least several weeks ago to “rejuvenate” Sunrise by replacing Doyle with Weekend Sunrise co-host Samantha Armytage. Doyle is said to have been told of the decision just a fortnight ago – and that she had no say in the matter.

The move, coincidentally, comes a year after Ann Curry‘s tearful farewell from “Today.” Of course, the drama never stops:
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