Oh, how are we going to live without youuuuuuu….We’ve just heard the news that Jimmy Giggle is leaving the Hoot nest and we’re devastated.

Giggle and Hoot’s Jimmy Giggle, whose real name is James Rees, has been popping up on our TV for over 10 years now. But now the pyjama-clad ABC Kids star is stepping aside.

The popular kid’s segment has just shot its last episode ever. The 11th and final season will be aired until the beginning of next year. After that, the kid’s channel will most likely show repeats of Giggle and Hoot.

“For any TV show to get through 10 years is incredible,” said Rees, as reported in SMH.

“It’s been a really amazing job for me, a journey, whatever you want to call it. I’m just moving to a different phase of my life.”

“It’s not like the show’s going to stop. ABC will run the show probably till I’m about 50,” reassures Rees.

“This has been a really hard decision. But to the public, I’m sure I’ll be Jimmy Giggle for a long while.”

Family Time

Jimmy Giggle has stepped away from the show to spend more time with his kids – Lenny (4) and his twins, who are almost one and take a break from his “gruelling schedule”.

He is also keen to move his family closer to Victoria, where their extended family of cousins and grandparents live.

Rees already has some “projects in the works”. He is exploring potential jobs on radio and perhaps even appearances on 10, where he had a stint on Dancing With The Stars, before having to pull out due to his son’s medical scare.

“There are some irons in the fire, and it’s all very exciting,” he shared.

Giggle And Hoot Won’t Disappear

Libbie Doherty, head of ABC children’s production, has reassured parents that the TV station has “no plans to take the show off air”.

“It’s an Australian icon. For us, it’s become a treasured cornerstone of the channel, and parents reflect to us all the time how much they love it.”

“You never know how a show’s going to go,” says Doherty. “We created the show in a time before we had Netflix and streaming channels and when YouTube wasn’t the thing it is today – it’s held up through all of that… It’s a really special thing.”

Oh, we’re going to miss Jimmy, Hoot, Hootabelle and Giggle Fangs.

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  • Somethings you just know its time to move on from. Good for him knowing and listening to his heart


  • We love giggle and hoot ! Don’t leave us Jimmy giggle


  • All the characters will be very much missed.
    Great show, I hope they keep the episodes available on ABC kids iview


  • I have to say, my son isn’t a great fan. But great that they did so well for so long.


  • Well done on over 10 years! A great achievement in children’s television.


  • Thank you for wonderful memories.


  • All the best for Jimmy Giggle. Such a nice and gentle guy.


  • Well done to them for having 11 seasons, that’s fantastic. Good on him for putting his family first.


  • I’m sure a lot of kids out there will be heartbroken. Glad they are still going to keep it on air for a while to come. I wish James all the best in what ever new venture he takes on.


  • Alot of children will be upset when he leaves


  • My daughter did love Giggle and Hoot when she was a bit younger. Jimmy is a lovely guy and I wish him and his family all the very best.


  • oh this is sad


  • great memories…. all the very best for your future.


  • We missed this phase, but Jimmy is just a hoot and I think he has earned a break.


  • Classic memories…good for him!


  • Goodluck to him, what a great guy and decision to support his family.


  • I enjoyed watching Giggle and Hoot when our older 2 watched it. They preferred it more than some of the other children’s shows. One of mine giggled at him every time he did or said something funny. One of them used to say “Giggle funny”


  • My grandchildren preferred this show to Sesame St. – Do hope that many repeats will be shown.


  • Definately a fan great show


  • Amazing he has lasted so long, what dedication. Awesome he is choosing family time over his career. All the best to him and I am sure they will find a good replacement.


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