A former executive producer of Studio 10 revealed why he banned Australian Idol star Anthony Callea, 35, from appearing on the show.
Rob McKnight, who worked on the Network Ten program for four years, said a bad experience with the singer's management guaranteed he was on the blacklist.
Speaking on his podcast TV Blackbox recently, Rob explained the behind-the-scenes drama and politics that influenced his decision.
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On the blacklist: Studio 10's former executive producer, Rob McKnight (pictured), revealed why he banned Australian Idol star Anthony Callea from appearing on the show.
& # 39; We have a guest [Anthony] reserved in the program, he even promoted it, "explained Rob.
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."
"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.
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.
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
"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.