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2Day FM breakfast hosts talk to Fairfax

Fairfax's Jenna Clarke talks to Merrick Watts, Jules Lund and Sophie Monk about their new show.

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If you think four people on one radio show is going to be the audio version of the excessively chatty TV show The View, think again, says 2Day FM’s newest breakfast foursome.

“It’s been a surprisingly natural stop-and-go method. We haven’t been talking over each other, which is really unusual but we all have a lot of experience in radio,” Watts says. "We haven’t been spoken to once about talk over. The four of us just understand where the flow of the conversation is, it’s just basic radio knowledge.

"If The View are doing it then The View are doing a shit job."

Tight squeeze ... 2Day FM breakfast hosts (from left): Jules Lund, Merrick Watts and Sophie Monk.

Tight squeeze: 2Day FM breakfast hosts (from left): Jules Lund, Merrick Watts and Sophie Monk.

“But that’s just women, crazy, hormonal women,” Monk chimes in.

Just hours after being announced as Sydney’s newest breakfast radio hosts, it’s clear that Jules Lund, Sophie Monk and Merrick Watts are already warmed up and on the same page, comically at least.

“I feel like we’re at second base when it comes to bonding. Nah I’m kidding, I know them both well already,” Monk says.

Excited by the challenge: Mel B.

Excited by the challenge: Mel B. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

“If we’re at second base I’m worried I’m going to peak too soon,” Watts says with a chuckle.

“What happens in the bonding experience, stays in the bonding experience. I’ve only just been able to walk again,” adds Lund, who previously hosted a national drive show with Fifi Box.

They all laugh, heartily, while a minder looks on, albeit smiling nervously.

The trio, along with a fourth “special guest” host – former Spice Girl, Mel B, will replace 2Day FM’s long running and highly successful The Kyle and Jackie O Show sometime in January.

“Mel B brings so much. She’s probably more grounded than the rest of us, it’s kind of like the whole Breakfast With The Stars type of thing but they’re her friends so we’re going to get things because they [celebrity guests] will feel so comfortable with us,” Monk says.

The jovial fresh faces are a welcome Christmas present for the station, which has been plagued with controversy and endured many high-profile defections in recent months.

However when it comes to behind-the-scenes it could be a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same. The former show – the jewel in Southern Cross Austereo’s radio network crown – was renowned for its sizeable off-air team and it looks as if Lund, Monk, Watts and Brown will be continuing that tradition.

“We have a lot of producers but that’s what I love about this. Finally there’s a radio show where there’s a team of people that are going to work as hard as us, it’s unbelievable,” Monk says.

“It’s going to be so different to any radio that I’ve ever done because we’re so visual and naturally comedic. It’s going to be so colourful.”

Watts, the breakfast radio veteran of the group who cut his teeth at Triple J before moving to Nova and Triple M, is looking forward to being at the “pointy end of the day” again.

“It’s exciting not just being on air, having first bite of the news of the day and seeing what’s on the agenda for the city, the nation and the world. 2Day FM is the bright, shiny radio station and does have a reputation for producing the highest quality radio, so it’s very exciting to be on the best resourced show on radio,” says Watts.

“It’s important for us to prop up the workforce now that Holden’s announced cuts, so we’ve taken half of them and given them roles,” says Lund, as the minder shakes her head and has a quiet laugh. Lund is in the process of relocating to Sydney from Melbourne for the show. 

As the new guards of 2Day FM charmed the media with their natural chemistry on Friday, rival network, KIIS FM, announced former 2Day FM content director, Derek ‘DB’ Bargwanna, and a slew of other ex The Kyle And Jackie O Show staff will be joining the ranks for 2014.

Let the games begin...