1. Bert Newton defends controversial Logies speech.
While presenting the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent, the 79-year-old entertainer joked that the award’s late namesake often mentored young talent behind closed doors, prompting many viewers to question whether he was suggesting Kennedy was was a sexual predator.
“He enjoyed giving young people a chance on television; he was a great mentor, he mentored a lot of young people. You knew if you went to his dressing room it was locked, he will be inside doing some mentoring,” Newton said.
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According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Newton responded to criticism shortly after presenting the gong to Dilruk Jayasinha.
“It was totally innocent as far as I’m concerned… everything these days is jumped upon,” he reportedly said.
The remarks about Kennedy weren’t the only part of Newton’s speech that raised eyebrows. Many viewers criticised the former Good Morning Australia host via social media for using a homophobic slur, after he described himself as “an old poof”.