THE BIG ASK

The Out­door Room

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Front Page - JODIE RIGBY COLIN VICK­ERY

JAMIE DURIE and Jodie Rigby have an un­der­stand­ing on The Out­door Room:— he gets to travel the world and she gets to dig a lot of holes.

The pair be­came good mates dur­ing eight years of Back­yard Blitz, and Rigby was one of the first peo­ple Durie hired when he an­nounced his lat­est TV ven­ture.

Rigby stood on the side­lines in Septem­ber when Durie and for­mer Back­yard Blitz star Scott Cam took pot shots at each other af­ter Durie said ‘‘the beauty of this show is that you don’t have to be sick to get a gar­den’’ dur­ing a pro­mo­tion stint for The Out­door Room. Cam, host of Do­mes­tic Blitz, la­belled Durie’s com­ments ‘‘very mis­guided and frankly of­fen­sive’’. How did TheOut­doorRoom come about? Did you just get a call from Jamie at some stage? I run my own gar­den de­sign and construction com­pany and I’d been build­ing that up since Back­yard Blitz fin­ished. Jamie called me, say­ing ‘‘What are you do­ing, Rig­gers?’’— a lovely pet name that he has for me. He said, ‘‘You have to come and work on my show, babe.’’ How has your friend­ship de­vel­oped with Jamie? We met when we shot the opener to Back­yard Blitz. We didn’t know each other and we were all so green. It’s a love/hate re­la­tion­ship. We’re like brother and sis­ter now. There’s never been any­thing go­ing on be­tween us — so many peo­ple ask— I don’t look at him like that at all. We have our mo­ments. We chal­lenge each other. We have our opin­ions, and all the time he’s wrong and I’m right. It’s fun for me be­cause I tease him and knock him down to size. Some peo­ple think he takes him­self too se­ri­ously, but he’s a re­ally funny guy. He’s re­ally kooky and quite goofy and I like to bring out that side in him. Do you think Back­yardBlitz should have been axed when it was? We’d been very lucky with the run that we’d had— nearly eight years. I was happy with that. A lot of the feed­back from the pub­lic was that it should have gone on, but ev­ery­thing has a shelf life. We’d worked re­ally hard— 16-hour days— and I was do­ing all the re­search, so I was pretty ex­hausted by it all. Even though it was sad to be apart from every­one, it was done. Scott stayed with Nine and Jamie switched to Seven. They had a stoush re­cently. It was a bit weird. I think that was blown out of pro­por­tion. I’d like to put some­thing on the record. Jamie and I have done many in­ter­views and one of the ques­tions we al­ways get asked is, ‘‘Do you have to be sick to get a gar­den?’’ So when he said ‘‘you don’t have to be sick’’, it’s some­thing he says in a lot of in­ter­views. I think the tim­ing was just re­ally bad and it was taken to­tally out of con­text. When you’re not cre­at­ing gar­dens, you’re cre­at­ing mu­sic. I hear you’re a pretty good drum­mer. Drum­ming is a very phys­i­cal thing. I had lessons for five years when I was young and I’ve been play­ing for 12 or 13 years now. I just fin­ished with a rock band about three months ago. Un­for­tu­nately, I cut my fin­ger open and had to get stitches. I couldn’t play a cou­ple of gigs so they slot­ted in some­one else. Do you write any of your own songs? I do— sort of girly folk mu­sic. One of my favourite artists is Tori Amos. I just bought a pi­ano re­cently. I’ve al­ways wanted to learn pi­ano. And I play a bit of gui­tar too. I did some karaoke in Ja­pan and let me tell you, I rocked!

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