Em­dur: Morn­ing mile­stone

The Morn­ing Show co-hosts Larry Em­dur and Kylie Gil­lies get set to cel­e­brate a decade in the job. By HOLLY BYRNES

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SUR­VIV­ING 10 years in any one job is a re­mark­able feat. In tele­vi­sion, it’s a mir­a­cle. For Seven’s The Morn­ing

Show co-hosts Larry Em­dur and Kylie Gil­lies, it’s an an­niver­sary worth cel­e­brat­ing. It’s also a re­la­tion­ship worth analysing for the se­crets to their longevity.

Ask Em­dur and he’s quick with a joke.

“Our mar­riage is fine be­cause we’re paid to be mar­ried and we have some very strict con­trac­tual ar­range­ments which means at 11.29am every sin­gle day we go through a di­vorce,” he ex­plains, with a laugh.

“In our case we’ve taken it one step fur­ther with the work mar­riage and The Morn­ing

Show is like our lit­tle baby. We were there day one and that’s the beauty and the strength of this re­la­tion­ship … it was our baby, now it’s our 10-yearold child.”

Hav­ing that sense of parental re­spon­si­bil­ity over the daily pro­gram has kept both TV tal­ents in­vested over the decade.

Both trained jour­nal­ists, Em­dur came to the project as the gre­gar­i­ous game show guy, hit­ting it off in­stantly with Gil­lies, the more stern sports­caster and news pre­sen­ter.

“He came to it with all se­quins blaz­ing and I came to it very much in the straight­laced, news­reader blazer,” Gil­lies says.

“We’ve been able to meet in the mid­dle, but that took me a lit­tle while to get used to, I won’t lie. ‘What? I can ac­tu­ally ex­press an opin­ion? Re­ally?’ Mind you, I’ve fully em­braced that op­por­tu­nity now,” she chuck­les.

It works best, Em­dur adds, be­cause th­ese op­po­sites at­tract.

“We’ve hap­pily added a few more di­men­sions to our dy­namic, now that we’re past the gig­gly, flirty, first-date phase, but I re­ally do think that’s what works,” he says.

“We’re not al­ways get­ting on, we’re just not but we don’t try to mask that … you can’t on live TV.

“We don’t agree on a whole bunch of stuff and I think that’s nor­mal in any re­la­tion­ship.”

While the break­fast TV rat­ings bat­tle be­tween Seven’s

Sun­rise and Nine’s To­day can be a blood sport at times, the morn­ings times­lot, while com­pet­i­tive, is less ad­ver­sar­ial; in part, be­cause Seven’s ri­val shows are pop­u­lated by many for­mer col­leagues.

“We all go back a long way: So­nia [Kruger] was fill­ing in for Kylie and David [Camp­bell, their op­po­sites on Nine’s

To­day Ex­tra] was fill­ing in for me, and [Stu­dio 10’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer] Rob McKnight was work­ing with us … but com­pe­ti­tion is great, it makes us all work harder.”

This week, TMS will re­visit its highs and lows – from the se­ri­ous hu­man drama of the Lindt Café siege which un­folded op­po­site their Martin Place stu­dio, as they were live to air back in 2014; to the more friv­o­lous mo­ments and flinch­ingly funny fash­ions over the years.

So what do you get the TV cou­ple who have ev­ery­thing?

Em­dur knows what he wants, and Gil­lies, his ev­er­sup­port­ive of­fice wife wants it too: for him to co-host with

Mod­ern Fam­ily siren Sofia Ver­gara.

“He shows me shots of [her] on In­sta­gram and says to me, ‘I don’t think she looks happy, do you think she looks happy?’ And I say, ‘Larry, she’s mar­ried to Joe Man­ganiello, of course she’s happy’. But if it makes him happy to have Sofia Ver­gara on our couch, it would make me happy … if only be­cause it would shut him up!”


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