Amanda Keller blames The Project for The Living Room ratings

Amanda Keller, host of The Living Room, has said in a candid new interview that she was “upset” about the show being taken off the air.

The living room will end on Network 10 at 7:30pm tonight, after 10 seasons on the air. The network insists the show is just being “rested” for 2023, but Keller revealed that TV tonight that she didn’t hope it would ever return to screens.

“We’ve been told we’ll get rested and get a tweak, fluff up the cushions and play again, we hope next year. My concern, as always, is that TVs are like a fast-moving river. Celebrating us as a force is so rare,” she told the outlet.

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“But it is a bit of a question that we will all be available at the same time. That’s the risk Channel 10 runs here. That’s what upsets me, I think.”

Keller said she and her co-hosts – Chris Brown, Miguel Maestre and Barry Dubois – would all inevitably move on to other projects next year, making it a “big ask” to reunite them all for a reboot Living room season kicking off.

And she also had some brutally honest words for the show that always led to their time slot, The project.

“I admire Channel 10 where they have stuck The project so long,” she said TV tonightbut said the show’s soft ratings meant compared to its competitors on the other channels The living room always started with a backlog.

“We are against it Better Homes & Gardens, Gardening Australia and we do our best to maintain ourselves in that capacity. I love that it’s a lifestyle night. But you know, they’re coming off a 900,000 rating from the news or something,” she said.

“It’s harder for a Channel 10 show at 7:30.”

Keller’s comments come as The project undergoes a “mass exodus” of on-air talent, with Carrie Bickmore, Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Helliar all leaving the show.

Meanwhile, at WSFM 101.7’s Jonesy & Amanda show this morning, Keller was joined by her Living room co-hosts to discuss what fans can expect from tonight’s grand finale.

Chris Brown said Ten’s decision to rest the show “seems a little strange”.

“We’re the happiest people on the planet and we’re about to lose that bond,” said Dubois.

But Keller promised they’d go out with a bang, with a special celebratory finale airing tonight.

“Tonight’s show is so great,” she said. “The last segment is we look back at 11 years, and all four of us went blub. Even Chris Brown.”

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