EDDIE: We blokes still dominate the worlds of broadcasting and comedy, creating a culture that favours all the best attributes of a rugged, successful man: determination, self-belief, being better at riding rough-shot over everyone else than you are at considering what others have to say. Aaww hang on, that's a bit sexist isn't it?
BERT: It's not a bad description of this category's winner, though.
The winner of this award, Daryl Somers, is a man of seemingly infinite self-belief. After Hey Hey was axed in 1999, he had no need to take on board the reasons why. He just had to believe that he could get his show back on air simply by banging-on to any journalist who'd listen that there were a large number of people who wanted the show back. That he eventually succeeded in getting Hey Hey back on air for two specials was impressive, and the beginning of the end. On a week in, week out basis he proved to be the same aging relic of the GTV-9 variety glory days that audiences drifted away from back in the '90s. Yes, he could steer a sort of a course through two hours of planned madness, but that doesn't cut it with audiences anymore. No one wants to spend two hours a week in the company of a stilted, arrogant old man when the things they liked about Hey Hey - the funny photos, the wacky footage, the zany novelty acts, the mistakes in ads and the live music - can all be found easily online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Daryl Somers richly deserves this award for many reasons, but chief among them should be his failure to understand the media landscape of the 2010s, and to see that he has no place in it.
Out pacing Daryl Somers in a category with the word "Worst" in the title is a tough challenge for anyone, but with Daryl out of the picture in 2011 Josh Thomas and Dave Hughes will probably be neck and neck. Both have teeth-grindingly awful voices, irritating views and mannerisms, and are constantly on television. It's like that's the sort of thing we like in a TV personality. Eddie...
EDDIE: Thanks Bert, but of course Daryl, Josh and Dave aren't the only great male talent we've produced in this country, take a look at these classic moments from the GTV-9 archives.
CUT TO SOME CLIPS FROM THE AFL FOOTY SHOW, INCLUDING SUCH FAVOURITES AS "SAM NEWMAN IN A DRESS", "SOME FOOTBALLER CHUCKING A PIE IN SOME OTHER FOOTBALLER'S FACE", "SAM NEWMAN IN A TUTU", "MOLLY MELDRUM BEING SNOGGED BY SOME FOOTBALLER" AND "SAM NEWMAN DRESSED AS MARILYN MONROE". AND PEOPLE THOUGHT THE BOUNCE WAS BAD!