Triple j Drive host Veronica Milsom is leaving triple j towards the end of this month.
Alongside her long-time friend and co-host Lewis Hobba, Milsom first appeared on triple j mid-dawns in 2011, closely followed by a stint on Weekend Brekkie, then Weekend Arvos, before settling into triple j Drive where she’s been making listeners laugh since 2015.
On leaving triple j, Milsom said: “I’ll really miss triple j, but I’m excited about the advertising opportunities once I leave. Sometimes I wonder if collaborating with a major sporting brand will feel disgusting and shameless, but my gut says Just Do It.”
She added: “The impact Lewis has had on me will be everlasting. Literally, his name is tattooed on me. I’ll never forget him, even if I wanted to.”
Co-host Lewis Hobba said: “Since we met at high school I’ve spent more time with Veronica than anyone else, and I still get excited to see her every day.
“Veronica has a beautiful, weird brain and it’s been a joy to watch Australia fall in love with the way she looks at the world. I could go on forever but Veronica gets *very* uncomfortable around heartfelt farewells, which is why I hope everyone says something nice to her before she goes. She’ll absolutely hate it.”
Stepping up to co-host triple j Drive with Hobba is comedian and friend of the show, Michael Hing.
Over the last few years Hing has popped up as a reoccurring guest of triple j Drive, as well as hosting various fill-in shows on triple j, both solo and as part of Hing & Nazeem.
He’s performed internationally and all over Australia, including at triple j’s One Night Stand Up. He’s most recently been causing trouble at SBS The Feed, hosting the SBS documentary series Where Are You Really From? and running for the Australian Senate.
Hing said: “I’m really excited to be hosting triple j Drive with Veronica. She’s a close friend, a great comedian and someone I’ve always looked up to… wait, Veronica’s the one leaving? So I’m hosting with Lewis? Okay, I guess that’s fine.”
On the process of choosing a new co-host, Hobba said: “I only had one demand for Veronica’s replacement: find me someone who has run for the Australian senate AND been nominated for Bachelor of the Year. If I knew that meant I’d end up with Michael Hing I would’ve made a different demand. But here we are.”