Carrie Bickmore has shocked viewers of The Project with an unexpected announcement.

The 41-year-old revealed that she would be leaving the show for a few months to temporarily relocate to the UK with her family.

On Tuesday night’s episode of the show, Bickmore shared the news saying it was her family’s “last chance” to embark on the adventure with her eldest son in tow.

“In April I’m going to be taking a few months off The Project desk,” she began.

“[Partner] Chris and I and the kids are heading off on a family adventure together.”

“We figure it’s never going to be the perfect time to go and it’s something we really want to do before my son starts his final years at school, so we’re doing term two in the UK. So I will be off for a couple of months.”

Carrie took to Instagram to explain the move further, revealing that it was something she and her partner Chris had “dreamed of for a while now.”

“One of the unexpected silver linings to come out of living through Melbourne’s lockdowns was the extended family time and we feel like this is our last chance to do something like this together before Ollie hits the pointy end of his schooling and no longer wants to hang out with us so … we are heading to the UK for a school term,” she explained.

Bickmore said that after 13 years as a co-host of The Project, the break felt “a little like long service leave,” and explained that while she’d be absent from TV screens for several months, she’d still co-host the Hit network’s Carrie and Tommy Show each afternoon with The Project colleague Tommy Little.

Image credits: The Project

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