Alex Perry, Sarah Murdoch and Charlotte Dawson.

Breaking up the band ... Alex Perry, Sarah Murdoch and Charlotte Dawson.

Sarah Murdoch has walked away from Australia’s Next Top Model after three seasons as host.

FOXTEL announced today that Murdoch has decided to step aside from her role as host and co-executive producer of the FOX8 series.

Leaving the show has been a very difficult decision for me. 

“It has been an incredible opportunity to work on a show as exciting and popular as Australia’s Next Top Model,” Murdoch said.

Sarah Murdoch stuffs up Australia's Next Top Model.

Sarah Murdoch reads the wrong name in the 2010 final of Australia's Next Top Model.

“Leaving the show has been a very difficult decision for me. Being entrusted to work on all aspects as host and co-executive producer has been a huge experience and I have enjoyed it so much.”

As well as hosting the show, Murdoch also held the role of Executive Producer via her Room 329 production company.

The lasting memory of Murdoch’s hosting came in 2010 when during the live final, she named Kelsey Martinovich winner then corrected herself to name Amanda Ware winner instead.

The error was blamed on a miscommunication between the control room and the stage, yet following the events, Murdoch parted ways with the show's production company, Granada Australia, and shifted production to Shine Australia.

Brian Walsh, FOXTEL’s Executive Director of Television, said in a statement today “Sarah has made a remarkable contribution to Australia's Next Top Model and was instrumental in propelling the programme to its most successful season ever, in 2011.

“We would like to thank Sarah for her passion, commitment and incredible support of the series. Naturally we are disappointed to lose her, but the show goes on.

Australia's Next Top Model is, and remains, FOXTEL’s most enduring and successful local production. With the next cycle we promise another exciting series on FOX8 with more world locations, more beautiful girls and more of the best television that only the likes of Alex Perry and Charlotte Dawson can deliver.

“We wish Sarah continued success in her future endeavours,” Walsh said.

Murdoch has been linked to Channel Ten’s planned new 2012 breakfast show as a potential co-host with Andrew Rochford and Paul Henry.