Triple M star Lawrence Mooney has disappeared from the airwaves after falling out with his Moonman in the Morning co-host Jess Eva amid mounting pressure on low ratings, insiders say .
Well-placed sources have told Daily Mail Australia the Sydney-based comedian is on the verge of losing his $ 2million contract “imminently” – a week after being mysteriously taken off the air.
Mooney, 56, has apparently been causing trouble at the station in recent months, after clashing with several staff, including co-host Jess.
Triple M Sydney is set to remove Lawrence Mooney (right) from his breakfast show, following his falling out with Moonman in the Morning co-host Jess Eva (left) and recent pitiful notes, according to reports. initiates
Eva, who joined Moonman in the Morning three years ago, has not publicly explained why her co-host hasn’t been on the air for a week.
Network executives are also struggling to justify Mooney’s $ 2 million salary given the program’s poor ratings.
He was hired to host the show in January 2019 with a salary of $ 750,000, which was increased to between $ 1.5 million and $ 2 million for 2020 and 2021, according to sources.
His contract expires in 2022.
Since its launch, Moonman in the Morning has struggled to compete with other FM breakfast shows, gaining a 4.6% market share in the latest radio poll.
Eva, who joined Moonman in the Morning three years ago, has not publicly explained why her co-host has not been on the air for a week or that industry discussions have blurred. Lawrence and Jess are pictured at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards in 2019 with co-host Chris Page
The show peaked at 6.9% market share when it debuted in 2019 after acquiring The Grill Team, which ended its nine years with a 5.4% share at the end of 2018.
Moonman in the Morning never reached the heights of its predecessor, which regularly held shares over seven percent in its heyday.
The Grill team was hosted by former rugby league player Matty Johns, who left the station in November 2018 to focus on his television career.
In contrast, KIIS 106.5 market leader The Kyle and Jackie O Show soared in the final ratings with a 10.7% share.
Since launching in January 2019, Moonman in the Morning has struggled to compete with other FM breakfast shows, gaining a 4.6% market share in the latest radio poll. Pictured: Moonman in the Morning hosts Chris Page, Lawrence Mooney and Jess Eva
It comes after listeners were puzzled by Mooney’s absence from his regular 104.9 Triple M Sydney slot over the past week.
Listeners were left bemused by Mooney’s absence from his regular 104.9 Triple M Sydney slot over the past week.
The radio station did not provide any information as to why it was not on the air, with a spokesperson for Southern Cross Austereo simply telling Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday: “Lawrence Mooney is currently off air “.
Last week it was announced that retired NRL player Mark Geyer will join the breakfast squad in 2022.
Mooney has co-hosted Moonman in the Morning since 2019 alongside Chris Page and Jess Eva.
The same year he won an Australian Commercial Radio Award (ACRA) for best entertainment presenter.
Recipe for Success: Jess joined the radio show after becoming a star in the 2017 season of The Block
In June, Mooney was caught flouting Covid restrictions after traveling from Sydney to Byron Bay on vacation.
He lives in the Southern Highlands and works in the Sydney CBD and did not self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in Byron.
Mooney, who was fined $ 1,000 for her violation, issued a public apology on air, saying: “I would like to apologize to the Triple M family for acting like king c ** k from c ** k Island. “
He said he took “full responsibility” for his actions, before criticizing himself for acting “the rules did not apply to him”.
Mooney was caught flouting Covid restrictions in June after traveling from Sydney to Byron Bay on vacation