Dicko worms out of job

He fronted Can of Worms but now he’s given him­self a pink slip

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

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.’’

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