Rob McKnight, a former executive producer of Studio 10, recently revealed why he banned Australian Idol star Anthony Callea from appearing on the show.
And in an episode of his Blackbox podcast this week, Rob revealed even more great stars who gave less than stellar performances on Channel Ten's morning show.
One of the unprepared guests was British comedian Julian Clary, who was apparently "out of his reach" and asked, "What am I doing?" During a segment of current issues.
"Why are not you laughing?": Former studio executive of Studio 10, Rob McKnight (pictured), has revealed more of the worst guests of the show after exposing the debacle of the singer Anthony Callea
I just wanted to count a couple of double tries and finish. But his management had put him in the full program. Halfway through the first segment, he said: "Well, it's time for a break now," Rob said.
"And the panel looked at him and said," No, no, no, we still have another 10 or 15 minutes left. "Studio 10 was two and a half hours back then.
Another one of the 10 guests of Rob & # 39; s Studio bombed so much that he even considered taking it out of the air altogether.
Hard to see: & # 39; English comedian Julian Clary (pictured) entered the program and Studio 10 starts with hot topics and says: & # 39; Oh, what am I doing? & # 39; and he was out of his depth, "Rob revealed.
Australian comedian Austen Tayshus, whose real name is Sandy Gutman, is best known for his 1983 Australian comedy Singlena.
But the appearance of Austen in Studio 10 was supposedly a disaster.
"Austen Tayshus entered the program and was just not gelling," Rob recalled. "He was trying to get a laugh out of the audience and at one point he even turned to the audience and said," Why are not you laughing? This is funny! "
Flat fall: "Comedian Austen Tayshus (pictured) entered the program and was just not gelling," said Rob. "He was trying to get a laugh out of the audience and at one point he even turned to the audience and said," Why are not you laughing? This is funny! "
"And you know how soon you're asking that question to the public, you know it's not working," the former television chief added.
Rob revealed that he even tried to intervene during the advertising breaks to get the comedian back on track.
"I went out on commercial breaks and tried to talk and say:" Hey buddy, what if you try to relax a bit? ", He said.
Rob revealed that he tried to intervene during the advertising breaks to return to play the comedian Austen Tayshus. "And he went out on commercial breaks and we tried and talked and we said, what if you just try to relax a bit?" Rob said.
"But in the end we made the call to try to move on and move on and beat the show and we had a good Bex [aspirin] and a lie after that, "he added, laughing.
Also during the podcast, Rob mentioned his bad experience with the management team of singer Anthony Callea.
& # 39; We had a guest [Anthony] reserved in the program, he even promoted it, "he explained.
"We had to draw a line in the sand": Rob, who worked on the Network Ten program for four years, said that a bad experience with the management of the star guaranteed that he was on the blacklist.
Then revealed that the address of the star had called the day before its appearance and cancellation to go to the Mines of Channel Nine.
(Mornings has been renamed Today Extra, presented by David Campbell and Sonia Kruger).
& # 39;[His] Manager contacted us literally the day before and said: "It's not going to come in. It's going to go in the morning."
Unprofessional: Shortly after the release of Studio 10 in 2013, Anthony Callea's management called the day before its appearance and cancellation to be able to go to Channel Nine & # 39; s Mornings instead. In the photo: Studio 10 panelists (from left to right): Sarah Harris, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Joe Hildebrand and Angela Bishop
He continued: "We were like," You can not do that, we have it reserved! "They said:" No, we're doing this. "
Rob, who was fired by Network Ten last year, recalled that the incident occurred shortly after the release of Studio 10 in 2013.
"I let your management know that if you do this, and you have every right to do it, they will do it Never let's go Studio 10, "he added.
"They just laughed at us and said," You do not mean that. "I said:" Actually, yes. We're not going to be treated like a second-rate show. "
"This was when we were still trying to find our voice and identity and I thought it was important to draw a line in the sand."
Rob added that no one in the entertainment world "screwed" them. so again.
& # 39; Word spread and everyone knew that if they made a reservation with Studio 10, they honor it. Because if you do not do it, you will not appear in the program, "he said.