Dicko worms out of job
He fronted Can of Worms but now he’s given himself a pink slip
ETWORK Ten’s discussion panel series Can of Worms returns in 2012, but with a new host.
Ian ‘‘Dicko’’ Dickson, who helmed this year’s series, turned down the chance to host the new series, issuing a statement in which he said he’d sacked himself this week.
‘‘The inaugural series of Can of Worms was a thrilling experience,’’ Dicko says in the statement. ‘‘We said we wanted to get Australia talking, and we appear to have done just that.
‘‘What a hoot to be part of a show that encouraged heated family debates about racism, euthanasia, swearing and boobs!’’
‘‘As my partner in crime Andrew Denton has been keen to point out, I have been exceptionally lucky to join a select number of souls who have been part of creating and then hosting a successful show on Australian TV.
‘‘I’m very grateful to Network Ten and, in particular, David Mott for taking a chance on Can of Worms and, indeed, giving us the green light to return next year for season two.
‘‘I’ve enjoyed sitting in the host’s seat for series one, but the fact is I’ve got big plans for Can of Worms and I think those plans are going to be easier to achieve if we get ourselves a better host.
‘‘So, as one of the show’s creators, I’m giving myself no alternative but to sack me as host.
‘‘I do, of course, thank myself for the efforts I have made in series one and indeed I wish me all the best in my future endeavours.
‘‘I also feel certain that, in this small but intriguing industry we work in, our paths will surely cross again. Farewell and adieu Silver Fox. ‘‘It’s been swell, but alas, it has gone down.’’ Can of Worms’ co-executive producer Andrew
Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson as the inaugural Can of Worms host
Can of Worms: Coming in 2012, Ten, Ten Southern Cross Denton – from Zapruder’s Other Films – says Dicko remains part of the team and he looks forward to working with him on the next series.
‘‘Hard to believe that someone as handsome and silver-haired as Dicko wants to step aside as host of his own show but we respect his decision,’’ Denton says. ‘‘His original idea, to get Australia talking, has clearly taken seed.’’
As Network Ten’s chief programmer, Mott says a new host will be named in the new year: ‘‘There are not many people who knock back the opportunity to host their own show but Dicko is never predictable and we love him for that.’’