'I'm in mourning over losing TV hubby Ivan Yates', says Anna Daly
TV3's Anna Daly has said she's "in mourning" with the news that she's losing her TV 'husband' Ivan Yates.
The former minister and Newstalk presenter ann-ounced this week that he's giving up his media work to travel around the US for a year.
He will leave on July 3, with Sunday AM co-presenter Anna admitting she's devastated with the news.
"I texted him when I first heard and I said, 'I get it. You love me but you're not in love with me', and he texted me back saying, 'It's not you, it's me'," she said.
Anna said that she loved working with Ivan on the show and that his irreverent attitude was a refreshing change.
"He's just hilarious. He doesn't give a hoot what he says. As a presenter I found him so generous," she told the Herald.
"I'd never experienced someone with that kind of recklessness and that really entertained me.
"We're used to everyone being so politically correct all the time."
The show first began airing eight months ago and pulls in around 140,000 viewers for its weekend slot.
Anna said it was especially beneficial having a former politico as a TV side-kick when it came to covering the recent election.
"I was totally bowled over by him. It was lovely to start a new show with him," she said. "To have someone with that experience as an ex-minister when we were covering the general election was just amazing," she said.
"I'm in mourning. I'll really miss him. He'll be a hard act to follow."