There are few things more awkward in life than listening to a bickering couple, but such was the experience for listeners tuning into Monday’s edition of Nights on radio’s 2GB who endured over half an hour of bickering between conservative co-hosts Miranda Devine and Andrew Bolt.
“For Christ’s sake Miranda, if you give me a question I’ll answer it and if you keep interrupting me I’m afraid I’m going to hang up,” Bolt said at one of the more heated points in their 45-minute-long show.
Discussing South Australian senator Cory Bernardi’s break with the Liberal Party and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s prospects at winning the next election, things got hairy between the two relatively quickly.
The first crack began when Bolt sniped at Devine, "Can I just finish a point before you tell me I'm wrong? How about I make my point and then tell me I'm wrong instead of telling me I'm wrong before I've actually made it. That might be helpful."
Minutes later, things had hardly improved, with Bolt accusing Devine of subscribing him to "a view that I don't hold," and telling the Daily Telegraph columnist, "You are misinterpreting what I'm trying to tell you."
After several minutes of speaking over one another, Bolt finally said, "For Christ's sake Miranda, if you give me a question I'll answer it and if you keep interrupting me I'm afraid I'm going to hang up."
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Devine, who is hosting the show with Bolt while regular host Steve Price is taking part in Channel 10's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, replied, "oh Andrew, don't do this. We've got five weeks; we have to get on," a prospect Bolt swiftly described as a "living hell".