A Current Affair: Chris O'Keefe emerges as 'hot favourite' to replace Tracy Grimshaw

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Chris O’Keefe emerges as a ‘hot favourite’ to replace Tracy Grimshaw on A Current Affair and ‘will audition TONIGHT live on air’

The search may be over for Tracy Grimshaw’s replacement on A Current Affair.

Channel Nine political reporter Chris O’Keefe is now a ‘hot favourite’ to take over next year, according to industry insiders.

Instead of a private audition for the role, O’Keefe will have a live try-out by hosting Thursday’s episode of ACA while Grimshaw takes the night off, reports TV Blackbox.

The search may be over for Tracy Grimshaw's replacement on A Current Affair with Channel Nine political reporter Chris O'Keefe now a'hot favourite' to take over next year, say insiders

The search may be over for Tracy Grimshaw’s replacement on A Current Affair with Channel Nine political reporter Chris O’Keefe now a ‘hot favourite’ to take over next year, say insiders 

‘If tonight goes well and the audience responds positively, Chris O’Keefe will be hosting A Current Affair in 2023,’ the publication states. 

O’Keefe, who has a decade of experience in television news, certainly ticks all the boxes for replacing Grimshaw – especially as Nine is hoping to fill the role internally. 

He also boasts several journalism accolades, including a 2016 Walkley Award and the 2017 NSW Journalist of the Year award.

Instead of a private audition for the role, O'Keefe will have a live try-out by hosting Thursday's episode of ACA while Grimshaw (pictured) takes the night off, reports TV Blackbox

Instead of a private audition for the role, O’Keefe will have a live try-out by hosting Thursday’s episode of ACA while Grimshaw (pictured) takes the night off, reports TV Blackbox 

O'Keefe, who has a decade of experience in television news, certainly ticks all the boxes for replacing Grimshaw - especially as Nine is hoping to fill the role internally

O’Keefe, who has a decade of experience in television news, certainly ticks all the boxes for replacing Grimshaw – especially as Nine is hoping to fill the role internally 

Grimshaw announced last month she would be stepping down as host of ACA.

‘Normally right about now we’d be telling you what to expect tomorrow night but lately I’ve personally been thinking longer term, and I have some news that I wanted you to hear from me before you hear it from anyone else,’ she said on air.

‘I’ve decided to finish up with A Current Affair this year.

‘It’s been a big decision and before the gossip websites start telling you rubbish, I want you to know it’s been my decision alone and I’m not being shoved out the door by the boys’ club because I’m too old.

Grimshaw announced last month she would be stepping down as host of ACA

Grimshaw announced last month she would be stepping down as host of ACA 

‘I’m not too old, I’m just a bit tired. And for the record both the boys and the girls have asked me to stay.’

The uncompromising TV presenter, who has been with Channel Nine for more than 40 years, said she had ‘basically been a shift worker for 26 years’, which had taken time away from her family.

Grimshaw replaced replaced Ray Martin in the role in 2006. 

'I've decided to finish up with A Current Affair this year,' she said.'It's been a big decision and before the gossip websites start telling you rubbish, I want you to know it's been my decision alone and I'm not being shoved out the door by the boys' club because I'm too old'

‘I’ve decided to finish up with A Current Affair this year,’ she said. ‘It’s been a big decision and before the gossip websites start telling you rubbish, I want you to know it’s been my decision alone and I’m not being shoved out the door by the boys’ club because I’m too old’

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