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The collateral damage of Jase and Lauren’s Nova move: Ben, Liam and Belle notified they were losing their breakfast slot ‘shortly’ before radio duo’s ‘secret’ photo shoot

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Last week Lauren Phillips and Jase Hawkins made the dramatic announcement that they will be launching a new breakfast show on Nova’s 100 FM.

The high-rating team will be replacing the morning show hosted by Ben Harvey, Liam Stapleton and Belle Jackson.

And now, Media Week has revealed that the popular trio only learned they were losing their jobs ‘shortly before’ Lauren and Jase posed for a ‘secret’ photo shoot in the Nova studio.

The industry blog reports that, in an unusual move, Ben, Liam and Belle will remain hosting the breakfast slot until Jase and Lauren have a start date.

Once the duo take over breakfast, Ben, Liam & Belle, will move on to a new national show, Late Drive, airing weekdays from 6pm to 8pm. 

Last week Lauren Phillips and Jase Hawkins (pictured) made the dramatic announcement that they will be launching a new breakfast show on Nova's 100 FM. The high-rating team will be replacing the morning show hosted by Ben Harvey, Liam Stapleton and Belle Jackson.

Last week Lauren Phillips and Jase Hawkins (pictured) made the dramatic announcement that they will be launching a new breakfast show on Nova’s 100 FM. The high-rating team will be replacing the morning show hosted by Ben Harvey, Liam Stapleton and Belle Jackson.

Jase and Lauren were replaced by KIIS FM stars Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson amid their historic $200million 10-year radio expansion into Melbourne.

Their move to Nova now means they will be going head-to-head in a ratings clash with with their former KISS FM colleagues. 

‘I’m beyond excited to be joining the Nova family,’ Lauren, 41, said in a statement.

‘I’ve been a longtime fan of the station and to be joining Nova 100 really is a dream come true.’

And now Media Week has revealed that the popular trio only learned they were losing their jobs just as Lauren and Jase were posing for a 'secret' photo shot in the Nova studio. Pictured: Jase and Lauren with Ben (L), Liam second-from right and Belle

And now Media Week has revealed that the popular trio only learned they were losing their jobs just as Lauren and Jase were posing for a ‘secret’ photo shot in the Nova studio. Pictured: Jase and Lauren with Ben (L), Liam second-from right and Belle

She added: ‘I’ve made the most of having a few months off, but my plans of becoming a professional dog walker are now on hold, and I’m so ready to get back to work with Jase here in Melbourne.’

Meanwhile, Jase, 42, said: ‘I’m wrapped to have a job again. I’m even more over the moon that we get to join Nova.’

‘My whole career, I have always wanted to be a part of this network, it’s the perfect fit for Loz and I. So, I’m sorry Nova, we’re never leaving,’ he added.

The industry blog reports that, in an unusual move, Ben, Liam and Belle will remain hosting breakfast until Jase and Lauren have a start date. Pictured: Jase and Lauren's 'secret' Nova shoot

The industry blog reports that, in an unusual move, Ben, Liam and Belle will remain hosting breakfast until Jase and Lauren have a start date. Pictured: Jase and Lauren’s ‘secret’ Nova shoot

‘Melbourne, we’re back! So join us and come over to Nova.’

In November, Sydney-based radio duo Kyle and Jackie ‘O’ signed a record-breaking $200million, 10-year deal live on-air – keeping them on the airwaves until 2034.

A spokesperson for ARN confirmed to Daily Mail Australia the deal for the Sydney duo meant their work pals Jase Hawkins and Lauren Phillips were out of a job and their Melbourne breakfast show finished up in December.

Lauren broke down in tears while announcing the news to her listeners, sobbing that she didn’t want to ‘say goodbye to Melbourne’.

In November, Sydney-based radio duo Kyle and Jackie 'O' signed a record-breaking $200million, 10-year deal live on-air - keeping them on the airwaves until 2034. (pictured)

In November, Sydney-based radio duo Kyle and Jackie ‘O’ signed a record-breaking $200million, 10-year deal live on-air – keeping them on the airwaves until 2034. (pictured)

Jase and Lauren’s show was successful for KIIS FM, bringing in new listeners for the station and sitting third in the Melbourne market behind Fox FM’s Fifi Fev & Nick and GOLD104.3’s Christian O’Connell.

In a statement to celebrate the historic contract renewal, Sandilands said, ‘Fans of the show will be stoked to hear that this 10-year deal is the longest radio deal in Australian history.

‘Love us or loathe us, Jackie and I will be continuing with our politically incorrect nonsense for a long, long time.’

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