Today's Birthday, January 14: Australian television presenter James Mathison (1978 - ).
James Mathison had one of the top hosting gigs in the country, Australian Idol. Adored by millions, his departure in 2009 came as a shock.
But behind the scenes, Mathison's rising discomfort about some exploitative measures of the show would eventually lead to his resignation.
"What happened to kids afterwards," he said on podcast You've Gotta Start Somewhere.
"They'd get record deals but the ones that weren't clearly going to make money were quickly like, 'See ya, bye."
He also decried the way young hopefuls who were not particularly talented were treated like cannon fodder.
"Producers knew how terrible they were, put them in front of the judges knowing that they were going to get mocked and ridiculed," Mathison said.
During Idol's runaway success, Mathison's star rose rapidly.
After co-hosting the reality television show alongside Osher Gunsberg for six years, he moved around various panel shows before stepping away from the spotlight.
A politically-charged Mathison re-emerged in 2016 as an independent challenger to then-prime minister Tony Abbott for his federal seat of Warringah.
Abbott won with Mathison only gaining 11.4 per cent of the primary vote. But he remains politically engaged on his Facebook page.
Mathison was born in Sydney in the northern suburb of Frenchs Forest. After attending St Augustine's College in Brookvale he worked in various part-time jobs.
He was a contestant on Channel Ten's reality show The $20 Challenge in 2001, finishing runner up.
He then hosted the ARIAs in 2005 and 2006, and the red carpet for the music awards event the following year with comedy duo Hamish and Andy.
After quitting Idol in 2009 he became one of the first panellists on Channel 10's The Project in 2009.
Four years on, he had a short-lived co-hosting gig on breakfast show Wake Up!.
Come election time in 2016, Mathison attempted to engage the younger demographic in Warringah through as social media campaign but failed to oust rusted-on MP Abbott.
After conceding defeat he received about $25,000 from the Australian Electoral Commission, saying he would use the money to challenge Abbott at the polls in 2019.