What is Leigh Sales doing now: Inside the TV host’s new life

For more than 12 years, Leigh Sales had one of the most high-profile jobs in Australian TV as host of the ABC’s 7:30 Report. 

But after stepping away from her role last June, Sales has been keeping busy by spending more time with her two sons James and Daniel.

‘They want me home with them before 8.30pm and I don’t think that’s too much for two little boys to ask and they’re two beautiful little boys,’ she said at the time of her resignation.

Sales had earlier taken a six-week break to homeschool her kids in 2021 during the Covid pandemic – highlighting the pressure she faced heading a national program and being a single mother.

‘People have reported that I left because there was an interview with Scott Morrison and then I was abused.

‘But I was abused all the time, so actually that had nothing to do with it.

‘I just decided to jump off before the election because I thought the level of the trolling would ramp right up.

‘The kids love sitting on the couch, cuddling and watching TV and arguing over what we’re going to watch tonight and stuff like that. That to me seems like heaven to do that every night.

In her post-7:30 Report life, Sales has been hosting Australian Story and is up for a Logie on Sunday night for her work on 7:30 Report. 

‘It means a lot to me to host this program, mostly because I’ve always thought it’s brilliant,’ she told the ABC.

Leigh Sales (above) left one of the most high-profile jobs in Australian TV as host of the ABC's 7:30 Report last June

Leigh Sales (above) left one of the most high-profile jobs in Australian TV as host of the ABC's 7:30 Report last June

Leigh Sales (above) left one of the most high-profile jobs in Australian TV as host of the ABC’s 7:30 Report last June

In addition to her television endeavours, Sales has embraced the world of podcasting with her show ‘Chat 10 Looks 3’, co-hosted alongside ABC journalist Annabel Crabb, that covers the world of literature.

‘I also have a book coming out later this year that I started during lockdown. It’s called Storytellers: Questions, Answers and the Craft of Journalism,’ she told the ABC.  ‘It’s a series of conversations with top journalists, breaking down the building blocks of the trade,

As for her love life, Sales says she prefers to ‘keep it under the radar’ following she split with her ex husband Phil Willis in 2016 after 20 years together. 

‘I do work pretty hard to not be seen with people,’ she told Mamamia’s Unfiltered podcast in June last year.

‘To be honest, not that I date an endless parade of people but I don’t want my kids ever Googling ‘Oh, there’s mum with that guy and that guy’. I would just rather keep all my private business private. I keep it under the radar.’ 

Sales said asking her out requires a reasonable level of confidence.

‘I think you need to be reasonably confident to do that [ask me out] but I also think most people once they meet me and kind of get to know me realise very rapidly I’m not really intimidating,’ she explained.

‘I think what people find hard sometimes is the way other people interact with them.’

During a particular date with a man Sales recounted an incident where some individuals approached him and commented, ‘Wow, you must have felt intimidated asking Leigh out.’ 

‘So the message they’re getting is ‘you’re punching above your weight’ and I think that’s a hard message for men to get. That’s not the message I give people I’m in a relationship with or dating but sometimes you can feel very scrutinised,’ Sales said. 

Sales (pictured with one of her children) said she left the 7:30 Report to spend time with her two young sons, James and Daniel

Sales (pictured with one of her children) said she left the 7:30 Report to spend time with her two young sons, James and Daniel

Sales (pictured with one of her children) said she left the 7:30 Report to spend time with her two young sons, James and Daniel

Sales previously spoke out about her turbulent 40s, after a string of heart-wrenching events.

In 2016 she suffered a life-threatening uterine rupture after going into premature labour with her youngest son in 2014. 

‘It was a disastrous birth… I had a uterine rupture, luckily I was at the hospital at the time, I’d been feeling unwell and knew something was wrong,’ she said in the Mamamia No Filter Podcast. 

‘I had a massive haemorrhage and emergency surgery and I woke up and he [James] was in neonatal intensive care and I was in high dependency unit and didn’t even see him for a few days…we were both very, very sick.’ 

But despite the sickness and time apart, Sales said the pair were still able to bond like any other mother and newborn child.

‘I tried to breastfeed…but my body wasn’t making milk because I had lost so much blood,’ she said.

‘He was mostly bottle fed and I didn’t hold him for three days but I still bonded with him… I wasn’t even conscious when he was born but you still bond, you work it out.’

On top of the traumatic birth, James came down with viral meningitis at just five weeks old and Sales was still unwell and struggling with flashbacks from the dramatic labour experience.

 ‘For me to be thrown into a circumstance where I had absolutely no control and was then at the other end of it incapable of looking after myself, incapable of looking after my three-year-old and after a newborn baby, it was very very confronting and hard for me to take,’ Sales said.

After Sales’ son’s second hospitalization, another challenge arose when her older son, Daniel, then just two years old, displayed noticeable hand tremors while at day care. 

Thus began a series of doctor visits, hospital stays and therapies, as he faced various medical difficulties that required frequent hospital visits and surgeries. 

Sales (pictured with her children at The Little mermaid premier in May) has since given some insight into her notoriously private life, recounting the near-fatal birth of her second son and struggles with dating

Sales (pictured with her children at The Little mermaid premier in May) has since given some insight into her notoriously private life, recounting the near-fatal birth of her second son and struggles with dating

Sales (pictured with her children at The Little mermaid premier in May) has since given some insight into her notoriously private life, recounting the near-fatal birth of her second son and struggles with dating

Amidst these trying circumstances, her marriage of nearly 20 years fell apart. Then in 2018, her father Dale Sales suddenly died. 

‘It seemed things couldn’t get any worse,’ 

Reflecting on her journey, Sales said: ‘James’ birth marked the first significant obstacle in my life and from there it felt like a relentless stream of challenges.

‘Nothing felt secure anymore. I put on a brave face, telling everyone that I was fine but deep down, I was struggling.’

However, Sales says the traumatic times have made her appreciate life even more.

‘I know this sounds trite, I do think that the thought of what can happen – that I’m not special and life is random and nobody is immune from terrible things – has made me appreciate everyday things much more,’ she told the Sydney Morning Herald.

‘People – including me – are far more resilient than we think. Almost everyone can cope with far more than they ever imagined they could. Now, I absolutely dread the next thing that goes wrong in my life. But I suspect I probably would endure.’

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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