Channel Seven star RESIGNS live on air: Sunrise’s Nelson Aspen quits after nearly 20 years

Channel Seven star RESIGNS live on air: Sunrise ‘man in Hollywood’ Nelson Aspen resigns after nearly 20 years as showbiz correspondent

SunriseLongtime US-based entertainment reporter Nelson Aspen is leaving Channel Seven’s breakfast show after nearly two decades on the air.

The 58-year-old announced his resignation Friday after delivering his morning showbiz news bulletin live from New York City.

“After 19 1/2 years with Sunrise, I’m giving you my two weeks’ notice,” Aspen told co-hosts Natalie Barr and Michael Usher, who seemed surprised by the news.

Sunrise 'Hollywood man' Nelson Aspen announced his resignation live on Friday.  The veteran entertainment journalist appears here on the red carpet at the Oscars in March.

Sunrise ‘Hollywood man’ Nelson Aspen announced his resignation live on Friday. The veteran entertainment journalist appears here on the red carpet at the Oscars in March.

Aspen leaves Sunrise to finish her new book, Your Home Is Your Castle.

“I’m going to go and finish my new book … and do a book tour, a question and answer show that will include Australian cities,” he said.

Aspen’s last day will be July 15th.

“After 19 1/2 years with Sunrise, I’m giving you two weeks’ notice,” Aspen told co-hosts Natalie Barr (left) and Michael Usher (center), who seemed surprised by the news.

An upset Barr said: ‘Nelson, it’s been a wonderful ride. We’re going to miss you, but it’s not goodbye as we have two weeks to say that.

Aspen has been a Sunrise fixture for nearly 20 years, reporting to a host of hosts including Barr, Samantha Armytage and Melissa Doyle.

He was based in Los Angeles when he first joined the team and remained Sunrise’s “man in Hollywood” even after moving to New York City.

Aspen has been a Sunrise fixture for nearly 20 years, reporting to a host of hosts including Barr, Samantha Armytage and Melissa Doyle (left)

Aspen has been a Sunrise fixture for nearly 20 years, reporting to a host of hosts including Barr, Samantha Armytage and Melissa Doyle (left)

Aspen (pictured during one of her first Australian television appearances) leaves Sunrise to finish her new book, Your Home Is Your Castle.  His last day will be July 15.

Aspen (pictured during one of her first Australian television appearances) leaves Sunrise to finish her new book, Your Home Is Your Castle. His last day will be July 15.

Aspen turned 15 at Sunrise in 2018 and said he was grateful to “have the opportunity to interview so many stars.”

“Just to have the experience of being part of the Sunrise family and to come to Australia and meet you and the fans…these are extraordinary opportunities,” he added.

Jennifer Aniston recently presented him with the 2020 Advertisers Guild of America International Media Journalist of the Year award.

Throughout her career, Aspen has interviewed the likes of Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford, and Rose Byrne, and has covered all the major Sunrise awards, including the Oscars and Golden Globes.

Throughout her career, Aspen has interviewed the likes of Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford, and Rose Byrne, and has covered all of Sunrise's major awards, including the Oscars.

Throughout her career, Aspen has interviewed the likes of Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford, and Rose Byrne, and has covered all of Sunrise’s major awards, including the Oscars.

Aspen was recently awarded the 2020 Advertisers Guild of America International Media Journalist of the Year award by none other than Jennifer Aniston (right)

Aspen was recently awarded the 2020 Advertisers Guild of America International Media Journalist of the Year award by none other than Jennifer Aniston (right)

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