TV STAR’S ROAD SMASH
O’Keefe recovers from festive bike crash injuries
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.