TV STAR’S ROAD SMASH

O’Keefe re­cov­ers from fes­tive bike crash in­juries

Sunday Herald Sun - - Front Page - fiona.byrne@news.com.au GOS­SIP QUEEN, PAGES 14-15 FIONA BYRNE

CHAN­NEL 7 star Andrew O’Keefe was hos­pi­talised af­ter be­ing knocked from his bike fol­low­ing Christ­mas drinks with the crew of his hit game show, The Chase Aus­tralia. O’Keefe, 45, was trans­ported to The Al­fred hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance af­ter an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a taxi at the in­ter­sec­tion of Park St and Kings Way in South Mel­bourne. O’Keefe was mak­ing his way home from South Mel­bourne to Prahran just af­ter 11pm on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 15, af­ter he had en­joyed an end-ofyear cel­e­bra­tion with The Chase Aus­tralia team fol­low­ing the record­ing of the fi­nal block of episodes for 2016. Po­lice at­tended the scene and O’Keefe, shaken and sore, was bun­dled off to hos­pi­tal suf­fer­ing bruised ribs, cuts and abra­sions and fa­cial swelling. It is be­lieved his han­dle­bar was clipped or brushed by a pass­ing taxi, send­ing him and his bike crash­ing to the road. While the ve­hi­cle did not stop, sources says it is pos­si­ble the driver was un­aware con­tact had been made with the bike. O’Keefe, a keen bike com­muter and one of Seven’s most ver­sa­tile and pop­u­lar pre­sen­ters, was dis­charged from The Al­fred the fol­low­ing morn­ing. He had to ex­cuse him­self from host­ing Week­end Sunrise on De­cem­ber 17 and 18 ow­ing to his in­juries. His man­ager, Mark Kle­mens, con­firmed O’Keefe had been in­jured but had re­cov­ered quickly. “Yes, Andrew suf­fered cuts and bruis­ing to his ribs,’’ Mr Kle­mens said. “He has had a won­der­ful Christ­mas at home, is look­ing for­ward to the New Year and is as fit as a fid­dle.’’

It is not Syd­ney-based O’Keefe’s first head­line in­ci­dent in Mel­bourne. In 2009, video footage emerged of a se­ri­ously un­der the weather O’Keefe ly­ing and then sit­ting in a gut­ter and try­ing to put to­gether co­her­ent sen­tences, out­side a South Yarra club.

The Chase Aus­tralia has been one of the suc­cesses of 2016 for Seven, reg­u­larly beat­ing Nine’s Mil­lion­aire

Hot Seat na­tion­ally in the 5.30pm times­lot.

A po­lice spokes­woman said: “In­ves­ti­ga­tors have been told a male cy­clist was ... clipped by a taxi. At the time of the in­ci­dent, the driver of the taxi did not stop at the scene and po­lice con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the col­li­sion.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or go to crimestop­persvic.com.au

MEL­BOURNE re­porter Emily

Ang­win has hit out at on­line trolls and vi­cious view­ers — ask­ing “what hap­pened to the sis­ter­hood’’ — af­ter her ap­pear­ance was sharply crit­i­cised while she was pre­sent­ing the weather for Seven News.

Ang­win, who is cov­er­ing for reg­u­lar Seven News weather pre­sen­ter Jane Bunn, who is on leave, took to In­sta­gram on Fri­day to ex­press her dis­ap­point­ment at the wave of neg­a­tive com­ments, many of them cen­tring on an ill-fit­ting pur­ple shirt.

“I’d like to be able to say it doesn’t bother me, but it does,” Ang­win wrote.

The shirt that shocked was not sit­ting prop­erly dur­ing one weather cross. It was fixed by the sec­ond cross — but it was too late to ap­pease the fash­ion­con­scious key­board war­riors.

“Since do­ing the weather, it seems a lot of peo­ple have an opin­ion on what I look like,” she wrote.

“The other night, this pur­ple shirt wasn’t sit­ting prop­erly in an ear­lier weather seg­ment. (What a cri­sis.)

“It prompted all kinds of nasty com­ments. And the most hurt­ful came from ... yep ... women. What hap­pened to the sis­ter­hood?”

Ang­win added: “I’m not a skele­ton. I am a per­son. Just be­cause you’re on TV doesn’t mean you’re fair game. PS, I love food, deal with it.’’

Ang­win was not alone in hit­ting back at trolls, with Bach­e­lorette Ge­or­gia Love voic­ing her dis­gust at hor­rid on­line com­ments aris­ing from a story show­ing her ex­er­cis­ing.

“The in­ter­net can be a dis­gust­ing place,” she wrote on In­sta­gram.

“@dai­ly­mail posted an ar­ti­cle about me ex­er­cis­ing (not sit­ting on the couch gorg­ing on a burger. Ex­er­cis­ing) and ev­ery sin­gle com­ment is bodysham­ing me. One even sug­gests I’m so unattrac­tive my boyfriend sim­ply must be cheat­ing on me!

“Girls (and guys), if any­one tells you you’re not good enough, not pretty enough, not skinny enough; they’re wrong.

“No I’m not a size 6 and I will never apol­o­gise for that. I am a happy, fit, ac­tive, NOR­MAL per­son and that is all any of us should strive to be.’’

HUN­DREDS of Qan­tas pas­sen­gers have spent New Year’s Eve stranded in Dubai while a 20-hour de­lay to their flight to Syd­ney con­tin­ues to lengthen.

En­gi­neers in Dubai were last night con­tin­u­ing to work on the A380 air­craft as Qan­tas cus­tomers put up in ho­tels waited.

Syd­ney air­port con­firmed yes­ter­day that QF2 would not ar­rive un­til to­day.

Andrew O’Keefe (left) as he is more usu­ally seen, and (above) in his cy­cling gear for his Mel­bourne com­mute.

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