Belinda Russell has shocked viewers after announcing she will be leaving her role as co-host on Weekend Today.

The 44-year-old presenter announced the news on Instagram along with a highlights video of her time on the show.

“Hello friends. A little career update for you,” Russell wrote.

“My time on Weekend Today has come to an end. Thanks to those who tuned in. I hope I brought some sunshine and joy to your weekends.”

“I have loved the last year and am looking forward to future opportunities at Nine. Good luck to the team for 2023 and beyond!”

Her Nine colleagues flocked to the comments section to offer support, including Today Extra co-host David Campbell, who posted a series of love hearts and the words: “My sister.”

Belinda didn’t provide any reason for her sudden departure, leaving fans wondering if the decision to leave was made by the Nine bosses amid the ongoing shake up of hosts.

Russell has been on air at Nine since 2007, when she began as a reporter for A Current Affair.

Belinda last appeared on Weekend Today on Sunday February 26th, but made no mention of her imminent departure and didn’t receive a send-off from her colleagues.

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