Matthew Wright is stepping down from his Channel 5 daytime show, The Wright Stuff.
The former tabloid journalist turned TV presenter has hosted the current affairs chat show since 2000.
“After almost 18 glorious years on Channel 5 and with the show flying high in the ratings, I feel it’s time to depart,” he noted.
The show is expected to remain on-air with a new host but it is not yet known under what name or whether there will be changes to the format.
Airing between 9.15 and 11am, the show currently sees Wright thrashing out the day’s hot topics with a panel of showbiz stars and media commentators.
“We would like to thank Matthew for his passion, hard work and enthusiasm over the last 18 years and for making the show what it is today.” – Ben Frow, Director of Programming at Channel 5
BBC Media Editor Amol Rajan claims that recent production changes have resulted in off-camera tensions and hints that this could be why Wright is leaving. The Wright Stuff was produced by Princess Productions between 2008-2017, before production switched to ITN last year and the move is said not to have gone smoothly. The Daily Mail, however, notes that he is leaving amid a ‘transgender row’ after refusing to apologise for The Chase‘s Anne Hegerty referring to a transgender campaigner by their former gender whilst making an appearance on the show.
Wright had a daily showbiz column in The Mirror for five years, before moving into TV.