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Jay-Jay Harvey discusses her 23-year career

The Project logoThe Project 14/11/2017 Newshub staff

After 23 years, Jay-Jay Harvey announced on Tuesday that she will be leaving The Edge radio station. 

Ms Harvey spoke to The Project about the highlights and lowlights (such as interviewing a messy fruit-eating Backstreet Boy) of her career.

"It's so sad, it's completely heartbreaking," she says. "I know that on my last day, at the end of December, I'm going to be an absolute wreck. 

"But I'm just so excited and ready to do something new, because I feel like I've done everything I can do at The Edge."

Jay-Jay- Harvey is leaving The Edge after 23 years. © The Project Jay-Jay- Harvey is leaving The Edge after 23 years.

The radio host has had an eventful year, announcing the end of her marriage to co-host Dom Harvey in August. Her allegation that she was sexually harassed and assaulted by a taxi driver in October prompted many other women to come forward about their own experiences.

"Everyone does have stuff going on, it just so happens that mine's in the public eye," she says. "It has been challenging this year and last year. I've had a rough couple of years personally, but I'm trying to get on top of that."

She admits she does get affected by negative comments about her, both on social media and in real life.

"Oh gosh, it does hurt. We're all people, we all have feelings and emotions. It's tough…I just try and be a good person as much as I possibly can be."

As for the one song she never wants to hear again? Galway Girl, by Ed Sheeran.

One thing's for sure - Ms Harvey isn't leaving The Edge because of sexism.

"I love the pay equity gap. I've been earning so much more than my male co-hosts for years."

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