Clown and an­chor

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ROVE’S only res­i­dent fe­male in­sists the show is no boys’ club. Car­rie Bick­more puts proper breed­ing down to her good treat­ment from host Rove McManus and troupe of merry men in­clud­ing Peter Hel­liar, Dave Hughes and Ryan Shel­ton.

‘‘They’re the most re­spect­ful group of guys un­der­neath their boy­ish­ness,’’ Bick­more says, skinny cap­puc­cino in hand at a North­cote cafe. ‘‘They’ve all had good moth­ers I think. ‘‘Hav­ing said that, I can give it to them just as much as they can give it back to me.’’

Rove has re­turned for its 10th year with few changes — just some tweaks and a new set re­flect­ing a move from South Mel­bourne to a big­ger stu­dio in El­stern­wick.

But the chat show’s first dou­ble-digit birth­day doesn’t mean it’s all grown up.

Bick­more vows her Car­rie at the News Desk seg­ment will stay as ir­rev­er­ent as ever, es­pe­cially now that she’s less prud­ish about what’s on the auto-cue.

The satir­i­cal bul­letin has been known to skirt the bor­der of good taste.

For one gag last year about the Fromelles arche­o­log­i­cal dig, Bick­more read: ‘‘What could be more Aus­tralian than a bunch of dig­gers dig­ging up some Dig­gers?’’

She praises Rove’s writ­ers, de­spite not al­ways be­ing happy with items penned for her.

‘‘I have the fi­nal say if I’m un­com­fort­able about some­thing,’’ she says. ‘‘When I started I was hor­ri­fied by lots of the lines I had to read. I told them, ‘I can’t read this’ or, ‘My fam­ily’s not go­ing to like this’.

‘‘But now noth­ing sur­prises me. It’s been a long time since I’ve not said some­thing the writ­ers have done.

‘‘I had trou­ble even say­ing words like d---head or tes­ti­cles, and now I say them all the time. There is still a fil­ter, though, and cer­tain lines I won’t cross.

‘‘There are no top­ics that are off lim­its, but there are some things you just can’t laugh at even if you find them funny be­hind closed doors.’’

Bick­more, who also reads the news week­days on Nova’s break­fast ra­dio show, ad­mits that be­ing the only non-co­me­dian on Rove has caused her some angst.

‘‘I of­ten won­der whether peo­ple think of me as a co­me­dian when I’m not,’’ she says.

‘‘I won­der if the per­cep­tion is . . . that I’m a not-funny co­me­dian. I’d rather be known as a news chick who can say some­thing en­ter­tain­ing.

‘‘That’s some­thing within my­self that I’ve had to be­lieve in and go, ‘No, you don’t need to match th­ese guys’.

‘‘I need to be who I am and let their com­edy shine and bounce off me rather than come back with a one-liner to match them.’’

Work­ing six days a week doesn’t faze the 28-year-old. Her hus­band of three years, Greg Lange, who is ‘‘go­ing great’’ since be­ing di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour in 2001, mostly cares for the cou­ple’s 16-month-old son Oliver.

She re­jects the yummy mummy tag and con­sid­ers her­self an av­er­age work­ing mother.

‘‘A lot goes into looking good on a Sun­day night (for Rove)— I have great hair and makeup girls and great Aussie de­sign­ers who dress me. They put a lot of work in,’’ she says. ‘‘There’s cer­tainly a pres­sure on women on TV to look good that men don’t have.’’

She didn’t fret about her post-baby weight and puts her slim frame down to a hec­tic sched­ule rather than hours spent work­ing out.

‘‘I was quite sick af­ter I had Ol­lie,’’ she says. ‘‘I had a stress­ful first few months and lost weight quickly without even car­ing or re­al­is­ing.

‘‘I’m sure some women think I spend hours at the gym. I don’t. I’ve stopped judg­ing women on TV and stopped judg­ing my­self.’’

Car­rie on: Car­rie Bick­more is a fix­ture be­hind the Rove news­desk. HOL­LY­WOOD star­let Anne Hath­away pro­vided Car­rie Bick­more with her most awk­ward mo­ment on

‘‘I asked her a ques­tion and it didn’t come out the way I meant,’’ Bick­more says. ‘‘She was the face of a make-up brand, and I was ask­ing her about the pres­sure to al­ways look good.

‘‘I asked if she felt she had to wear make-up all the time or could she just leave the house looking feral.

‘‘She said, ‘Do I look feral?’ and the au­di­ence went ‘boooo’. It all went hor­ri­bly wrong. Back­stage I said I didn’t mean it that way and she was to­tally fine.’’

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