Today’s bad guess: why it was only a matter of time before Pauline Hanson ‘blew up’ on Nine’s breakfast show after saying goodbye to Sunrise in 2019
Pauline Hanson was banned from the Channel Nine’s Today show for branding residents of Melbourne’s social housing towers with “ drug addicts and alcoholics ” on Monday.
And former TV manager Rob McKnight has revealed the reason why it was only a matter of time before One Nation’s senator ‘blew up’ on live TV.
McKnight said to Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday, “Pauline Hanson’s ax has been long overdue.”
Today’s gamble: Former TV manager Rob McKnight revealed why it was only a matter of time before Pauline Hanson blew up (photo) on Channel Nine’s Today show
He added: “While there is certainly a case of having an elected representative at the breakfast shows, there is no doubt that Pauline has used the breakfast shows as often as they have used her to generate reviews … it will be interesting to see where she goes from here. “
McKnight, the former Studio 10 executive producer, further said that he “felt uncomfortable” with Today and invited Pauline to appear on their show following her clash with Sunrise host David Koch over the Christchurch massacre in 2019, which led to her saying goodbye to Seven.
“I was uncomfortable when the Today show picked her up after she had that big fight with Kochie on Sunrise, but each to herself. It was only a matter of time before it exploded, “he said.
Axing: McKnight (pictured) said it was only ‘a matter of time’ before Hanson ‘blew up’ on Today after saying goodbye to Channel Seven’s Sunrise on bad terms in 2019.
“In the end, the breakfast shows will do what they need to do to get reviews, but this is a clear sign that outrageous views are not drawing viewers as they once did.”
On Monday, Pauline was banned from the Nine’s Today show for calling residents of Melbourne’s public housing towers “ drug addicts and alcoholics. ”
The One Nation senator said refugees living in the towers should learn English during a controversial interview with co-hosts Allison Langdon and Karl Stefanovic.
Controversial: On Monday, Pauline (left) was banned from the Nine’s Today show for calling residents of Melbourne’s public housing towers “ drug addicts and alcoholics. ” Shown to the right is Today co-host Allison Langdon
Her rant led to widespread outrage on social media, and within hours Channel Nine announced that she would no longer be a regular contributor to the Today show.
“The Today show has informed Pauline Hanson that she will no longer appear on our program as a regular contributor,” said a Nine spokesperson.
“We don’t shy away from differing opinions and a strong debate about the Today show. But this morning’s accusations of Pauline Hanson were ill-informed and divisive.
“In a time of uncertainty in this national and global health crisis, Australians must be united and support each other. We have to get through this together. ‘
Divided rhetoric: The Senator said refugees living in the towers should learn English during a controversial interview with co-hosts Allison Langdon and Karl Stefanovic (photo)