Jenn Hobby is leaving Q100’s The Bert Show after nearly a decade, she announced this morning.
“It’s going to be a whole new chapter of life,” she said on air. “I wouldn’t be the woman I am without the Bert Show.”
Hobby got married two years ago and is pregnant with her first child.
Her voice cracked when she said that the Bert Show is how she met her husband Grant Rivera, who is a high school principal. She first met him when he showed up in studio when his school band came in. They later fell in love.
She will be officially leaving in two weeks. Her final day on air will be Dec. 7. Bert Weiss on air said he is in no rush to replace Hobby’s spot.
“I didn’t cry during the whole thing,” she said right after she was off air. But she did have to go to the bathroom and re-do her eye makeup.
In an interview after the announcement, she said she had pondered departing for awhile and with a contract renewal coming up, she had to make a call.
Hobby’s departure was my guess last week when Q100 started promoting a big announcement.
Over the years, she talked about her first marriage, her divorce to Ryan Newell of Sister Hazel and chronicled her engagement, then marriage to Rivera, as well as the upcoming baby.
In 2003, she came from what was then 95.5/The Beat, where she was a promotions director and (briefly) a morning producer for the short-lived Woody and the Morning Beat.
Weiss met Hobby in 2002 at Cosmopolitan nightclub in Midtown and he liked her. When Lindsay Brien left the show in 2003, he gave Hobby the job.
“I was getting into this new morning show. I was over the moon joining being part of such a cool group of people,” she said.
Hobby said she began thinking of leaving seriously in June while on vacation in Spain. “After 10 years, I wanted a new challenge. I’ve grown so much on the Bert Show but it’s time to push myself to grow more.” Her last contract ran out earlier this fall and she was working without one.
She said she’s going to miss the laughter the most. “We laugh more in one day than most people do in a week,” she said.
She has new job opportunities coming soon, she said, but she can’t say yet. (Could it be TV? She has done work locally and even won a contest to co-host “Kelly & Regis” in 2010)
Last year, Melissa Carter left the show, replaced by Kristin Klingshirn. That change ultimately didn’t hurt the Bert Show’s ratings, which remain solid on Q100. Will this have a negative impact?