Melissa Doyle looks as she takes her daughter for a driving lesson

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Melissa Doyle looked downcast while taking her daughter, Natalia, for a driving lesson in Sydney on Monday, just three days after being dropped from Channel Seven.

The veteran broadcaster, 50, who was given her marching orders on Friday after 25 years at the network, was seen attaching L-plates to the family Volkswagen before taking her 16-year-old for a spin around the neighbourhood.

She had worry and disappointment etched on her face, and it was clear that she was taking her redundancy hard, despite her glowing statement last week thanking her colleagues for their ‘constant support’.

Looking glum: Melissa Doyle looked downcast while taking her daughter, Natalia, for a driving lesson in Sydney on Monday, just three days after being dropped from Channel Seven

Looking glum: Melissa Doyle looked downcast while taking her daughter, Natalia, for a driving lesson in Sydney on Monday, just three days after being dropped from Channel Seven

Melissa dressed casually in tight black leggings, a white T-shirt and a purple winter jacket.

She completed her outfit with a pair of comfortable black sneakers, and wore her hair in a ponytail.

After taking Natalia for a driving lesson, the former Sunrise host hopped back into the driver’s seat and drove her daughter to school.

Glum: The veteran broadcaster, 50, who was given her marching orders on Friday after 25 years at the network, was seen attaching L-plates to the family Volkswagen before taking her 16-year-old for a spin around the neighbourhood

Glum: The veteran broadcaster, 50, who was given her marching orders on Friday after 25 years at the network, was seen attaching L-plates to the family Volkswagen before taking her 16-year-old for a spin around the neighbourhood

On Friday, Seven announced that Melissa had left the network after 25 years.

During her career, she had hosted several of Seven’s flagship programs, including Today Tonight, Sunrise, 7News, Sunday Night and The Latest.

Her departure is believed to be the result of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Seven particularly hard. 

According to industry website Radio Today, Melissa will continue hosting her weekend show on Nova-owned station Smooth FM.

Hard times: She had worry and disappointment etched on her face, and it was clear that she was taking her redundancy hard, despite her glowing statement last week thanking her colleagues for their 'constant support'

Hard times: She had worry and disappointment etched on her face, and it was clear that she was taking her redundancy hard, despite her glowing statement last week thanking her colleagues for their ‘constant support’ 

Dressing for comfort: Melissa dressed casually in tight black leggings, a white T-shirt and a purple winter jacket, and completed her outfit with a pair of comfortable black sneakers

Dressing for comfort: Melissa dressed casually in tight black leggings, a white T-shirt and a purple winter jacket, and completed her outfit with a pair of comfortable black sneakers

As news broke of her departure from Seven, Melissa said in a statement: ‘For 25 years, I have called Channel Seven home. I’ve had the privilege to share stories that mattered, meet incredible people and be there for significant moments in history.

‘I am incredibly proud of the work I have done and appreciative of the trust and warmth our viewers have shown me.

‘I want to thank the consummate professionals I have worked with along the way, in particular our Chairman Kerry Stokes for his constant support.

‘I leave Seven with a great deal of pride, satisfaction and gratitude.’

Mum duties: After taking Natalia (left) for a driving lesson, Melissa hopped back into the driver's seat and drove her daughter to school

Mum duties: After taking Natalia (left) for a driving lesson, Melissa hopped back into the driver’s seat and drove her daughter to school

Melissa first joined Seven’s Canberra bureau as a political reporter back in 1995. She then moved to Sydney, working as a newsreader on the 11AM program.

She went on to become one of Sunrise’s first hosts, before the breakfast show was temporarily axed in 1999 and brought back the following year. 

She rejoined the program in 2002, and also hosted a string of other shows for the network, including Today Tonight.

'I leave Seven with a great deal of pride': On Friday, Seven announced that Melissa had left the network after 25 years

‘I leave Seven with a great deal of pride’: On Friday, Seven announced that Melissa had left the network after 25 years

The mother of two announced she was leaving Sunrise in June 2013, departing in August that same year.

At the time, her departure was described by the network as a ‘resignation’, but it’s widely believed she was pushed out. She was replaced by Sam Armytage. 

Melissa remained with the network, however, presenting Seven Afternoon News and Seven News at 7.

In 2015, she was announced as host and senior correspondent for Sunday Night, but the current affairs show was cancelled in October 2019, as a cost-cutting measure.

History: Melissa first joined Seven's Canberra bureau as a political reporter back in 1995

History: Melissa first joined Seven’s Canberra bureau as a political reporter back in 1995

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