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Newton cuts ties with Nine
Bert Newton. Picture: Supplied

Questions have arisen as to whether viewers will ever see Bert Newton on screens again with news the TV legend has parted ways with Channel Nine.

The entertainment veteran, 75, was reportedly let go by the network earlier this year after his last contract expired, making it the first time in 55 years Newton has been without a TV home.

He was last signed with Nine in 2006 to the tune of $1 million after hosting Good Morning Australia on Channel Ten for 14 years.

Newton had previously been affiliated with Nine for much of his showbiz career.

It was thought Newton would then remain with the network until his retirement but last week a Nine spokesperson confirmed they had parted ways with Australia's "king of television".

"We don't have a contract with Bert currently but it was his call," the spokesperson said.

"We certainly love him and look forward to any and all opportunities that come our way to work together."

But the four-time Gold Logie Award winner still has plenty on his plate as he stars in two major musicals.

Newton is in Perth for the stage production of Grease, in which he plays Vince Fontaine.

He is also set to reprise his role as the Wizard of Oz in the 10th anniversary tour of hit musical Wicked later this year.

The West Australian

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