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Jenn Hobby leaves Q100’s The Bert Show after nearly a decade

Jenn Hobby's final day is Dec. 7 on Q100's Bert Show. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Jenn Hobby's final day is Dec. 7 on Q100's Bert Show. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

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Jenn Hobby is leaving Q100’s The Bert Show after nearly a decade, she announced this morning.

“It’s going to be a whole new chapter of life,” she said on air. “I wouldn’t be the woman I am without the Bert Show.”

Hobby got married two years ago and is pregnant with her first child.

Her voice cracked when she said that the Bert Show is how she met her husband Grant Rivera, who is a high school principal. She first met him when he showed up in studio when his school band came in. They later fell in love.

She will be officially leaving in two weeks. Her final day on air will be Dec. 7. Bert Weiss on air said he is in no rush to replace Hobby’s spot.

“I didn’t cry during the whole thing,” she said right after she was off air. But she did have to go to the bathroom and re-do her eye makeup.

In an interview after the announcement, she said she had pondered departing for awhile and with a contract renewal coming up, she had to make a call.

Hobby’s departure was my guess last week when Q100 started promoting a big announcement.

Over the years, she talked about her first marriage, her divorce to Ryan Newell of Sister Hazel and chronicled her engagement, then marriage to Rivera, as well as the upcoming baby.

In 2003, she came from what was then 95.5/The Beat, where she was a promotions director and (briefly) a morning producer for the short-lived Woody and the Morning Beat.

Weiss met Hobby  in 2002 at Cosmopolitan nightclub in Midtown and he liked her. When Lindsay Brien left the show in 2003, he gave Hobby the job.

“I was getting into this new morning show. I was over the moon joining being part of such a cool group of people,” she said.

Jenn Hobby in studio Nov. 26, the day she announced her departure from the Bert Show after nearly a decade. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Jenn Hobby in studio Nov. 26, the day she announced her departure from the Bert Show after nearly a decade. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Hobby said she began thinking of leaving seriously in June while on vacation in Spain. “After 10 years, I wanted a new challenge. I’ve grown so much on the Bert Show but it’s time to push myself to grow more.” Her last contract ran out earlier this fall and she was working without one.

She said she’s going to miss the laughter the most. “We laugh more in one day than most people do in a week,” she said.

She has new job opportunities coming soon, she said, but she can’t say yet. (Could it be TV? She has done work locally and even won a contest to co-host “Kelly & Regis” in 2010)

Last year, Melissa Carter left the show, replaced by Kristin Klingshirn. That change ultimately didn’t hurt the Bert Show’s ratings, which remain solid on Q100. Will this have a negative impact?

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97 comments Add your comment

Serena

November 26th, 2012
8:00 am

Congratulations, Jenn. Change is good. I hope TBS does add another member. (NOT Wendy. Hey — if she was cut strictly “due to budget,” as Bert professes, wouldn’t they bring her back now?)

hmmmmmm

November 26th, 2012
8:03 am

Did she say where she was going? Wondering if she is going to TV news? There are some opening in town….kind of a quick exit for someone who is pregnant with a due date so far down the road. Maybe some kind of features reporter for one of the stations in town or for CNN?

Christiana

November 26th, 2012
8:06 am

Hmmm. I’m betting her contract wouldn’t have been renewed. Jenn wasn’t willing to give up much private info since she met her husband. The polly-anna, good girl persona she was striving to exude doesn’t make for good radio.

L

November 26th, 2012
8:06 am

Who cares now maybe the show will be better

kristina

November 26th, 2012
8:08 am

Jenn got married 2 years ago, as she got married on the same day as my husband and I… Congrats Jen! You will be missed!!

Double D

November 26th, 2012
8:09 am

Forced resignation ie: cumulus budget cutting

So now...

November 26th, 2012
8:16 am

Now I won’t have to hear about how perfect her life is. Thank you, Cumulus, for not renewing her contract.

jack

November 26th, 2012
8:17 am

Never did mention her affair on air though did she

Candy Cane

November 26th, 2012
8:22 am

Jack.
Wow… super harsh!

Carole

November 26th, 2012
8:26 am

What affair?

hyps

November 26th, 2012
8:40 am

What affair?

Steph

November 26th, 2012
8:40 am

I quite enjoyed the show one day when it was just Jeff, Bert and Kristin. Not trying to be mean, it was just more my style!

Will

November 26th, 2012
8:41 am

Best wishes for a bright future.

FM Fats

November 26th, 2012
8:42 am

She’s got Renee Zellweger eyes.

Jessica

November 26th, 2012
8:46 am

Sorry to see Jenn go, but I wish her the best.

It's about time

November 26th, 2012
8:51 am

Finally all the annoying people on the show are gone!

dee girl

November 26th, 2012
8:53 am

She probably felt like she outgrew the show and the people in it, maybe even the listeners. Seems like she was feeling a bit left out from the drama..

jack

November 26th, 2012
8:54 am

Had an affair with station photographer that ended her first marriage

tara

November 26th, 2012
9:04 am

I don’t live in Atlanta anymore but enjoy live streaming TBS because I love Jenn so much! She is always so joyful and I am happy for her new marriage, her baby on the way, and whatever the future holds for her.

http://www.tandafriend.com

Sophie

November 26th, 2012
9:25 am

I hear that Kelly Ripa is leaving and that Jen will be Michael Stahans new co-host.

whoopeee!

November 26th, 2012
9:41 am

Maybe they’re going to try and snag Southside Steve from the regular guys. That show needs a dude on it.

@ms_jones74

November 26th, 2012
9:50 am

Congrats, Jen! I bet we see her on TV next. Seems like a logical move.

Carmen

November 26th, 2012
9:53 am

Elle Duncan replaced her on Metromix Minute, so it’s doubtful WXIA would re-hire her.

Liz

November 26th, 2012
10:04 am

I know the perfect replacement: Mara Davis!

amber

November 26th, 2012
10:12 am

jack was u there noo u was not so i hardly think u know what u r talking about worry about ur own sex life what a failure. jenn i loove you u will b missed i loved hearing your laugh!

lucinda

November 26th, 2012
10:23 am

No loss. Too many words, too little content. Her know-it-all attitude is annoying as can be. Bring a person of color on the show.

Observer

November 26th, 2012
10:26 am

Get Joanna Rodriguez-Neumann out of NYC and back on TBS!

Glenna

November 26th, 2012
10:28 am

If you get a woman, get one who can envision herself voting for a woman for president and who doesn’t believe anyone in a high school band is a “geek.”

t-pain

November 26th, 2012
10:32 am

Once a cheater, always a cheater. Good luck to the second husband. Poor guy’s now locked in with a kid.

catie123

November 26th, 2012
10:36 am

It was Kristen and Wendy that could not envision a female president, not Jen; she is very vocal about women’s rights. But I also took exception to the band geek comment. Regardless, good luck Jen and enjoy motherhood.

Rachael

November 26th, 2012
10:37 am

Congrats! New opportunities await you!

Bert Fan

November 26th, 2012
10:39 am

Sophie, did you really hear Kelly’s leaving? Wow, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

I wish Jen all the best!

JML

November 26th, 2012
10:53 am

Best of luck to you, Jenn! You’ll be missed.

Miss Manners

November 26th, 2012
10:55 am

You should NEVER cheat on your spouse.

At the very least, please have the decency to file for divorce, and tell your spouse about it, BEFORE spreading your legs for someone else.

dawg

November 26th, 2012
10:56 am

This show jumped the shark with the addition of Kristin Klingshirn. Her chidish voice and banter make my ears bleed. Jen was the only reason I still listened.

David Puddy

November 26th, 2012
11:00 am

Icould understand this disdain towards Chuck & Turnoff, the biggest nitwits on radio, but Jenn?

05girl

November 26th, 2012
11:08 am

Just please get someone more diverse and a straight-shooter on the show…

RMFT

November 26th, 2012
11:14 am

Reading amber’s comment hurts my brain.

allison

November 26th, 2012
11:20 am

Jenn, I wish you the best. I do wish the show had not let Wendy go as I liked her. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for Kristen as her voice is not easy on the ears.

Joli

November 26th, 2012
11:25 am

joe

November 26th, 2012
11:25 am

TBS jumped the shark way before Kristin arrived. If you like listening to 4-5 girls chat about nothing, then TBS is the place for you.

Amber, learn how to write in complete sentences with proper punctuation and grammar. Also, learn how to spell, you twit…no wonder you have to ask “do you want fries with that?” at your job.

Bill

November 26th, 2012
11:27 am

I will miss Jen and the Bert Show will /should survive but never be the same. Who will keep Jeffery in line? I missed Melissa but enjoy her on afternoons and sure i will see Jen on TV in the ATL.

Glenna

November 26th, 2012
11:30 am

@catie123 — oops; you’re right. Jenn would vote for a woman for president. Kristin and the traffic reader would not because “all women are overly emotional.”

Jack

November 26th, 2012
11:34 am

Kristen is right. Woman ARE too emotional to be considered for the most important job in the world (President of the USA)!!!!

Joey

November 26th, 2012
11:42 am

I hope they replace Jenn with Mara Davis…I really liked her on Dave FM.

snailboy

November 26th, 2012
11:56 am

No rush to replace her? Sounds like I will have to see if the budget for next will let me.

Southside Steve

November 26th, 2012
12:15 pm

I’m gonna miss flirting with Jenn in the halls of Cumulus Atlanta…

Ryan Stewart

November 26th, 2012
12:33 pm

Man timing is everything and the time is right for ya boys the 2 live stews to be joining the Bert show. I got this idea to call barber shops and see what the word on the street is. It’ll be great! Y’all feel me?

Whatev

November 26th, 2012
12:47 pm

These comments crack me up! I am still lauging at “that show needs a dude on it”. LMAO !!!!

Jake

November 26th, 2012
12:53 pm

I agree with Whatev….. the show definately needs a big infusion of testosterone!!!!! Stat!!!!!!!!