It was the moment we’ve all been waiting for.
(If you were watching the Logies, that is).
Comedian and Hard Quiz host Tom Gleeson – whose anti-Logies campaign and general trouble making has been rubbing precisely everyone the wrong way of late – delivered his opening monologue at the Logies.
We were expecting it to be savage, and, well, it delivered.
From swipes at MAFS, Karl Stefanovic and even the innocent cast of Home and Away (hey!), not a single person in the room was safe and this is exactly what we came for.
Here, we dissect the five best/most cringeworthy moments from his much-anticipated (and probably feared) speech.
For someone who “hates” the Logies, he sure did seem to enjoy himself…
1. Opening line
He opened with both a self-deprecating remark and a targeted hit at the very network airing the awards ceremony; Channel 9.
“Hi. Welcome to the last ever TV Week Logie Awards,” he began. “I’ve wrecked it. I’m oh, so, sorry. When I first got asked to do the opening I thought, ‘Great, well clearly I haven’t won.’
“I think the reason they ask you to do the opening is because Channel 9 has run out of stars,” he said.
2. Attacking every single network
Oh, and he didn’t just stop at Channel 9.
Describing Australian television as “one big party” he gave the following analogy:
“ABC are like the old neighbours who complain about the noise, Channel 7 are the sensible family that never gets invited to parties, Channel 10 is like the younger people who make a lot of noise even though no one’s listening and Channel 9’s like the divorced dad who hosts the party and spends the whole night trying to root SBS.”
3. Ripping into MAFS
Well, this was really just a public service. It had to happen at some point in the evening.
Congratulating the cast for their mammoth ratings, he asked the MAFS table to make themselves known.
They… didn’t, we assume out of fear, prompting him to say:
“Sing out! Where are you? You’re supposed to be proud of yourselves… well you should be ashamed.”