Tuesday, 27 December 2005

A fitting tribute

Amongst the endless Kerry Packer tributes (most of which seem to consist of 3hrs of anecdotes about his father and twenty seconds of “yeah he was alright”) everyone is unfortunately neglecting to speak to the one man that meant the most to him over the years.

All hail,

Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos was an Australian television comedy series which gained notoriety when it was cancelled during its only broadcast in 1993. The series was a spin-off of Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show. Hosted by Doug Mulray, Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos depicted videos of sexual situations and other sexually explicit content.

After being informed by friends, Kerry Packer tuned in to watch the show and was so offended by its content that he phoned the studio operators and ordered them to “Get that shit off the air”. The show immediately pulled the plug and went into a commercial, with a rerun of Cheers filling the show’s remaining air time. The proceedings in the studio were also halted, with the show’s production staff being immediately fired and the stunned studio audience being told by security to go home.

And does anyone else think it odd that Packer was the man behind “Super Tests” but when it came to “Superleague” he lost the plot? His opinion on the Superman series is unknown, but given that Nine has shown them a million times in the last decade you’d think he was in favor. Never mind, it’s all behind us now. We can all kick back and turn to the happy memories instead. Sadly I haven’t got any other than him butchering Doug Mulray. Insert your own second rate anecdote in the space below.

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