Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins announces she's quitting the group, her replacement revealed

The Wiggles fans, we have some news for you …

Today it was revealed that after 11 years with the children’s musical group, the yellow wiggle Emma Watkins has decided to leave.

In a statement announcing the news, the 32-year-old explained that the Covid 19 pandemic and the lockdowns over the last two years gave her time to reflect on what she really wanted in 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."

The news comes after Emma announced her engagement to Wiggles bandmate Oliver Brian - who plays the banjo in The Wiggles band - in May.

While everyone will be sure to miss Emma, The Wiggles group also unveiled who her replacement will be.

"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 bow,” The Wiggles said in a statement.

“This also means we are giving a warm Wiggly welcome to Tsehay Hawkins who is set to become the new Yellow Wiggle!”

Tsehay Hawkins took to Instagram to share her excitement about her new role as the Yellow Wiggle.

“I grew up watching The Wiggles and I’ve already loved working with Anthony, Emma, Simon, Lachy, Evie, Kelly, John and all the Wiggly characters filming their latest TV series Fruit Salad TV,” she wrote on the social media platform.

“I’m now incredibly excited and honoured to be joining them now in the yellow skivvy and to have the chance to go out on the road in the new arena tour, I can’t wait to meet all the Wiggly fans.”

“Dancing has always been my passion, and I look forward to being able to share the joy of song and dance with children all over the world! Thank you to Emma for leading the way!”