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Sunrise host Nelson Aspen responds to rumors he has left the Channel Seven show for health reasons

Nelson Aspen has responded to rumors that he was quitting Sunrise after 19 years due to health reasons.

An article published online claims the 59-year-old has made the decision to leave the breakfast show due to illness.

“For the record, NOT sick. But having my cholesterol checked tomorrow after seeing my trainer,” he wrote on Instagram.

Sunrise host Nelson Aspen (pictured) responded to rumors he was quitting the Channel Seven show for health reasons

Friday was Aspen’s last day at Sunrise, Australia’s most watched breakfast show.

He revealed live on air earlier this month that he was quit the Channel Seven program after nearly two decades.

He announced his resignation after delivering his morning show business news bulletin live from New York City.

“After 19 and a half years at Sunrise, I’m giving you two weeks’ notice,” Aspen told Barr and co-host Michael Usher, who seemed surprised by the news.

An article published online claims the 59-year-old has made the decision to leave the breakfast show due to illness

An article published online claims the 59-year-old has made the decision to leave the breakfast show due to illness

“For the record, NOT sick.  But having my cholesterol checked tomorrow after seeing my trainer,

“For the record, NOT sick. But having my cholesterol checked tomorrow after seeing my trainer,” he wrote on Instagram

He leaves Sunrise to finish his new book Your Home Is Your Castle.

“I’m going to finish my new book…and I’ll be doing a book tour, a question-and-answer show that will cover Australian cities,” he said.

An upset Barr replied, ‘Nelson, it was a great ride. We’re going to miss you, but it’s not goodbye, because we’ve got two weeks to say so.’

Aspen has been a Sunrise fixture for nearly 20 years, reporting to a range of hosts including Barr, Samantha Armytage and Melissa Doyle.

Based in Los Angeles when he first joined the team, he remained Sunrise’s “man in Hollywood” even after moving to New York City.

Friday was Aspen's last day at Sunrise, Australia's most watched breakfast show

Friday was Aspen’s last day at Sunrise, Australia’s most watched breakfast show

Aspen was with Sunrise for 15 years in 2018 and said he was grateful to have “the opportunity to interview so many stars.”

“Just having the experience of being part of the Sunrise family and coming to Australia and meeting you and the fans… these are extraordinary opportunities,” he added.

He recently received the International Media Journalist of the Year award from the Publicists Guild of America in 2020, by none other than Jennifer Aniston.

Throughout his career, Aspen has interviewed Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford and Rose Byrne, among others, and has covered all the major awards for Sunrise, including the Oscars and Golden Globes.

Aspen has been a Sunrise fixture for nearly 20 years, reporting to a range of hosts including Barr, Samantha Armytage and Melissa Doyle (left)

Aspen has been a Sunrise fixture for nearly 20 years, reporting to a range of hosts including Barr, Samantha Armytage and Melissa Doyle (left)

Aspen recently received the International Media Journalist of the Year award by the Publicists Guild of America in 2020, by none other than Jennifer Aniston (right)

Aspen recently received the International Media Journalist of the Year award by the Publicists Guild of America in 2020, by none other than Jennifer Aniston (right)

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