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ABC 7.30 host Leigh Sales reveals what she thinks of EVERY Australian PM for the past 40 years

Leigh Sales has admitted that she felt ‘stabbed in the heart’ by all the Australian Prime Ministers she has interviewed when she debunked a popular ‘myth’ about Scott Morrison.

The outgoing ABC star, whose 12-year run as a 7:30am host ends next week, said she felt a “strange affection” for all eight PMs she’s interviewed – be it Liberal or Labor leaders.

Writing in nine newspapersSales was keen to dispel the myth that Mr. Morrison dodged her interview requests and instead “never shied away” from a difficult interview.

She wished him luck and said she plans to catch up “when the dust settles.”

Leigh Sales has admitted she felt 'stabbed in the heart' by all the Australian Prime Ministers she has interviewed

Leigh Sales has admitted she felt ‘stabbed in the heart’ by all the Australian Prime Ministers she has interviewed

Sales wanted to dispel the myth that Mr Morrison dodged her interview requests and instead

Sales wanted to dispel the myth that Mr Morrison dodged her interview requests and instead “never shied away” from a difficult interview

Sales admitted to admire and respect anyone who ‘steps up’ to the biggest job in Australia – including Anthony Albanese.

“Everyone who has done that work has something that sticks in my heart…I don’t think people understand how difficult [the job is] when they’re not around.’

Sales gave her verdict on the Australian Prime Ministers she interviewed, six of whom were in office at the time and two were former leaders.

The down-to-earth TV host was most candid about her experiences interviewing Paul Keating and Bob Hawke.

Sales gave her verdict on the Australian Prime Ministers she interviewed as the host of the 7.30am, six of whom were in office at the time and two were former Australian leaders

Sales gave her verdict on the Australian Prime Ministers she interviewed as the host of the 7.30am, six of whom were in office at the time and two were former Australian leaders

Malcolm Turnbull was

As a guest, Malcolm Turnbull was “sharp and engaging” and could tell stories funny enough to “make tears roll down your cheeks.”

She admitted feeling “emotional” and having childhood flashbacks chatting with Hawke while waiting for an interview with his wife, Blanche, just months before he passed away in 2019.

Sales was similarly affected by Keating, confessing that she “felt her throat tightening” when she asked him who he wanted to comment on his legacy when he died.

“It’s been one of the great privileges of my life to talk to him every now and then. There will only be one PJK.’

But Sales also claimed to have no “left bias” while doing her job.

John Howard made a good impression on Sales by calling to express his condolences when her father Dale passed away in 2018

John Howard made a good impression on Sales by calling to express his condolences when her father Dale passed away in 2018

Leigh Sales said she felt a 'strange affection' for all eight PMs she interviewed (above), whether they were Liberal or Labor leaders

Leigh Sales said she felt a ‘strange affection’ for all eight PMs she interviewed (above), whether they were Liberal or Labor leaders

She felt her genuine desire to “understand” guests instilled confidence and helped her interact with them.

It was always important to “agree or disagree,” she claimed.

That rapport meant she could ask for John Howard’s views on foreign affairs and politics off-camera.

She called Mr. Howard a man with a sharp “radar” who was also “helpful” and “nice.”

He made a good impression on Sales by calling to offer condolences on the passing of her father Dale in 2018.

Malcolm Turnbull, who she called “a great Australian story,” did the same.

Mr. Turnbull was “smart and engaging” she wrote and could tell stories funny enough to “make tears roll down your cheeks.”

Sales admitted calling Mr. Rudd to drain his brain about foreign policy and political strategy and felt a sense of awe at how his mind

Sales admitted to calling Mr. Rudd to drain his brain about foreign policy and political strategy and felt a sense of awe at how his mind ‘connected the dots’

Tony Abbott gained her respect for several reasons, most notably because of his courtesy.

While many guests never acknowledged the studio crew, Mr. Abbott greeted and thanked them.

She added that Mr Abbott “always argues his angle well” and left the studio in good spirits, even if an interview with her had a “rough” ending.

Kevin Rudd, she said, was “stunningly smart.”

She admitted to calling Mr. Rudd to drain his brain about foreign policy and political strategy and felt awe at how his mind “connected the dots.”

The woman who succeeded him, Julia Gillard, was “a sweet, warm person” who has had the “gold standard” post-Prime Ministerial career, which has mainly been in academia.

The only prime minister not to comment on Sales was Malcolm Fraser.

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