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Yellow Wiggle Emma to leave group

Emma, the first female Wiggle, is hanging up her bow.

Emma Watkins, the Yellow Wiggle Source: Getty

The Australian musical group announced today Emma Watkins is leaving after 11 years, of which nine were as the Yellow Wiggle. 

"Today we announced the sad news that after nine years of performing in the yellow skivvy as the first ever female Wiggle, Emma has made the momentous decision to hang up her yellow boy," The Wiggles wrote on Instagram.

She will replaced by Tsehay Hawkins, who will also be a Yellow Wiggle. 

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The Wiggles joined Breakfast presenters Hayley Holt and Daniel Faitaua in the studio ahead of their New Zealand tour. Source: Breakfast

Watkins said the Covid-19 pandemic had allowed her to reassess her life.

"Like many people around the world, the pandemic has given me time to reflect on what is important in life. For me, that means spending more time at home, something that I didn't realise I was missing out on being away eight months of the year on tour, but something that I have really cherished over the last 18 months," she said.

"I am also really looking forward to devoting more time and energy on completing my PhD that incorporates my ongoing passion for sign language, dance and film editing, and to having more time to work with the Deaf community.

"I am eternally grateful to The Wiggles for giving me the amazing opportunity to be the first female Wiggle, a role that I have loved and one that has brought me so much joy and an abundance of 'bowtiful' memories that I will treasure forever."