Doctor Doctor cancelled: Rodger Corser joins Today Extra as a co-host

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‘It’s the actor retraining program!’ Rodger Corser joins Today Extra as a co-host after Doctor Doctor was axed after five season

Actor Rodger Corser has landed on his feet after Channel Nine chose not to renew Doctor Doctor for a sixth season.

Less than 24 hours after the network pulled the plug on the drama series, Rodger showed up on morning show Today Extra as a guest co-host on Friday.

The 48-year-old was filling in for David Campbell, who had earlier stepped in for Karl Stefanovic on the Today show.

Surprise! Actor Rodger Corser has landed on his feet after Nine chose not to renew Doctor Doctor for a sixth season. Less than 24 hours after the network pulled the plug on the drama series, Rodger showed up on Today Extra as a guest co-host. Pictured with Belinda Russell

Surprise! Actor Rodger Corser has landed on his feet after Nine chose not to renew Doctor Doctor for a sixth season. Less than 24 hours after the network pulled the plug on the drama series, Rodger showed up on Today Extra as a guest co-host. Pictured with Belinda Russell

His appearance wasn’t announced beforehand, which suggests it may have been a last-minute decision.

Usually when David is filling in for Karl on Today, he is replaced on Today Extra by Richard Wilkins.

However, Richard took the day off because he was up late the night before at the Gold Dinner charity event at Sydney Airport.

Coincidentally, Karl also took Friday off because he was emcee of the Gold Dinner, which raised money for the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation.

Fun: Rodger's guest-presenting role was teased at the end of the Today show shortly after 9am. Host Allison Langdon (right, with David Campbell) unexpectedly clutched her stomach and pretended she was unwell, before declaring: 'There's a doctor in the house!'

Fun: Rodger’s guest-presenting role was teased at the end of the Today show shortly after 9am. Host Allison Langdon (right, with David Campbell) unexpectedly clutched her stomach and pretended she was unwell, before declaring: ‘There’s a doctor in the house!’

Rodger’s guest-presenting role was teased at the end of the Today show shortly after 9am.

Host Allison Langdon unexpectedly clutched her stomach and pretended she was unwell, before declaring: ‘There’s a doctor in the house!’

The broadcast then crossed to the Today Extra studio, where co-anchor Belinda Russell proudly introducer Rodger to viewers.

'Ally, we have a doctor right here': The broadcast then crossed to the Today Extra studio, where co-anchor Belinda Russell proudly introducer Rodger to viewers

‘Ally, we have a doctor right here’: The broadcast then crossed to the Today Extra studio, where co-anchor Belinda Russell proudly introducer Rodger to viewers

‘Ally, we have a doctor right here,’ she said.

Back in the Today studio, David feigned annoyance over his handsome replacement, saying: ‘I said get someone ugly.’

Rodger then thanked Nine for the opportunity and addressed Doctor Doctor’s axing. 

‘I would like to thank Channel Nine for the actor retraining program,’ he joked. ‘That’s what happens when your show has been um – well, not cancelled, but not renewed.’

New role: 'I would like to thank Channel Nine for the actor retraining program,' he joked. 'That's what happens when your show has been um - well, not cancelled, but not renewed'

New role: ‘I would like to thank Channel Nine for the actor retraining program,’ he joked. ‘That’s what happens when your show has been um – well, not cancelled, but not renewed’

Nine confirmed on Thursday that Doctor Doctor – starring Rodger as heart surgeon Hugh Knight – would come to an end after its current fifth season.

The program airs on Nine on Wednesday nights, with only two episodes remaining.

The show performed well in the ratings, averaging between 700,000 and 800,000 viewers in the first season.

The May 26 episode of the current season had a decent 784,000 viewers, including encore and BVOD numbers.

End of the road: Channel Nine confirmed on Thursday that Doctor Doctor - starring Rodger as heart surgeon Hugh Knight - would come to an end after its current fifth season

End of the road: Channel Nine confirmed on Thursday that Doctor Doctor – starring Rodger as heart surgeon Hugh Knight – would come to an end after its current fifth season 

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