The block Judge Neale Whitaker will have a reduced role this season, with real estate agent Marty Fox as a guest judge.
Whitaker (pictured left) took a Instagram to reveal: “I am very proud to complete my 17th season as a judge The block. It is an incredible privilege to have been a part of this iconic show for 13 years.
“For the 2023 season, however, I have put family first and have reduced my weeks as a judge. My partner of 20 years, David, had serious health problems earlier this year and my priority has been to spend more time at home.
“But I’m happy to report that real estate guru Marty Fox (pictured right) was able to bring his expertise to The block and join Shaynna and Darren on the weeks I couldn’t be there.
Marty Fox, CEO and founder of the Toorak WhiteFox boutique chain, was the auctioneer who sold Harry and Tash’s house in 2020 and Rachel and Ryan’s house last year.
Whitaker added: “The best news of all is that David is making a great recovery and I can’t wait to get back to The block full-time for the show’s 20th anniversary season in 2024.”
The new season is scheduled for August on Nine.