For the last nine years Seamus O'Regan has become a familiar face in homes across the country as the co-host of CTV's popular morning show, Canada AM.

Today, the 40-year-old broadcast journalist revealed a big surprise to the show's longtime viewers.

O'Regan is leaving Canada AM to take on a new role at CTV.

Effective immediately, O'Regan will be joining the CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme as a correspondent.

"CTV is my home, and I am delighted to make this exciting move from Canada AM to CTV National News," O'Regan said in an official statement released Tuesday.

"The timing feels right to make this transition, which will allow me to continue doing what I love most -- getting the stories that are important to Canadians and sharing them with viewers across the country," he said.

O'Regan will bid his final goodbye to Canada AM viewers on Thursday, Nov. 24, at which time the show's new co-host will be revealed on air.

Speculation is brewing over who will replace O'Regan. The name of O'Regan's successor remains a tightly guarded secret.

Whoever it may be, Canada AM's new co-host will have their work cut out for them.

During his tenure, O'Regan endeared himself to viewers with his relaxed, interview style and "coffee ready" welcome to the show each morning.

O'Regan covered a unique blend of lifestyle stories, celebrity headlines and hard news.

From movie stars to top politicians, O'Regan interviewed the world's biggest newsmakers.

In addition to his role on Canada AM, O'Regan reported for CTV's investigative news show, W5, contributed the CTV National News, and hosted programs on Bravo!

In 2010, O'Regan co-hosted Olympic Morning from Whistler, B.C. The inquisitive O'Regan also reported from Kandahar, Afghanistan, and NORAD headquarters inside Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado.

Earlier this year, O'Regan was watched by millions as he reported on the royal wedding from Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

Even before these career achievements, Canadians noticed the newsman who was born in St. John's, N.L. and raised in Goose Bay, Labrador.

In 2007, O'Regan became the first journalist to be named to Canada's Top 40 Under 40.

In 1999, O'Regan was also named to Macleans magazine's "100 Young Canadians to Watch," and scooped up two Gemini Award nominations.

That presence and popularity isn't shared by many reporters in this country. But more than that, it's O'Regan's curiosity that sets him apart according to Wendy Freeman, CTV News president.

"Seamus's innate sense of curiosity, combined with a natural instinct for finding a story in any circumstance, make him a tremendous addition to our reporting team," said Freeman.