Neelofa Mohd Noor announced her departure from the show during its live telecast today. The news took the audience by surprise, including Nabil. (NSTP/ASYRAF HAMZAH)

KUALA LUMPUR: After eight long years of co-hosting infotainment show MeleTOP with Nabil Ahmad, Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor today announced her exit from the show.

“MeleTOP debuted in 2012 and I practically grew up on this show. With a very heavy heart, this will be my last month co-hosting this programme.

“Thank you so much for everything, and for trusting me in co-helming the show. MeleTOP will always be a big part of my life,” she said, addressing the audience.

Neelofa announced her departure from the show during its live telecast today. The news took the audience by surprise, including Nabil.

The 30-year-old artiste said that she had to make this decision, to allow her career to grow further.

She said the decision to leave the programme was a very difficult one to make, but it was time for her to move on to new challenges.

“It took me a while to digest that I would no longer be on the programme. I hope that I'm making the right decision.

“I have to let go of one in order to acquire another,” she added.

Neelofa said that she will be helming a new TV programme, one which would fit better with her current career journey.

However, she refused to divulge more, saying that she will be sharing about it in due time.