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It was all pretty funny until it got a bit… weird.
The host entered what he later called “the weird zone” in which he seemed to praise Don Burke, the television personality who was last year accused of sexual misconduct by several women.
“The Don Burke interview has been nominated as well,” he said. “That was amazing. We have a lot of revelations from that. We got the revelation that Don apparently has Aspergers. No one knew about that. Including his doctor. No, I love Don Burke. I love Don,” he said in his speech.
The audience shared an audible groan, to which Hughesy replied, “I don’t love everything about him. Alright? Now I’ve taken myself to weird zone. Sorry.”
As he walked off the stage, the 47-year-old received an immediate text from his sister which read, “Did you mean to do that?”, he told news.com.au, to which he responded, “No I didn’t f**king mean to do that.”
Eager to clear his name, Hughes did what anyone would do, and asked Hamish and Andy for help.
During their presentation, the comedy duo helped out their fellow comedian.
“We did just have a chat to Hughesy out the back. He would like us to clear up one detail: He does not love Don Burke. In fact, I don’t know if we have got any of the cricket instant replay, but I think he said it four times. The old, ‘I’m Hughesy and I will say I love the person I’m having a go at’, it has never backfired before and it did in that instance,” the pair said.
Other highlights from Dave Hughes’ speech include the moment he roasted Channel 7 for spending all their money on Barnaby Joyce, and his acknowledgement of Andrew Winter, telling him it was “great to put a face to the name”.