The mystery of Doctor Andrew Rochford's sudden departure from Ten's The Project has been solved with an announcement he has joined the rival Seven network.
Rochford, who came to television fame as a contestant on Nine's reality renovation series The Block before eventually landing as a regular panelist on The Project, left Ten last week with little fanfare, simply announcing he would not be in his chair at the end of last Tuesday's show.
No statement from Ten was issued, Rochford himself was quiet about the move and aside from scattered "We'll miss you" Twitter messages from colleagues, there was no mention of what - if anything - was next.
This morning the Seven network broke the silence with a statement saying he would be joining their news team as Seven News Health Editor.
"I am looking forward to this great opportunity to investigate, analyse and deliver health news and stories people can rely on to help navigate the expanding world of health and medicine," Rochford said in the statement.
"There is an ever growing amount of new health news and information every day. And it is becoming increasingly difficult to know what to trust."
The statement hinted at future hosting roles for Rochford, saying he would file "special reports" for Seven's news and public affairs program, Sunday Night and the Sunrise program "as well as exploring broader opportunities at the network".
Seven news director Rob Raschke said: "Seven News is dedicated to investing in news and our team of reporters is the best in the business.
"Andrew brings unrivalled expertise to health reporting. His knowledge both reporting on and working in the fields of trauma and critical care, preventative medicine, and health innovation and technology are first class and will enhance the network’s reputation for health journalism."