Paul Ho­gan on. . .

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Phone calls from Kerry Packer : ‘‘The only call I used to get was af­ter the rat­ings came in (for The Paul Ho­gan Show). He’d say ‘good on you son, when you do­ing an­other one’. I never, ever got Kerry ring­ing up sug­gest­ing what I should do. Kerry did ask if I could give him some funny lines for a func­tion. I said ‘Kerry, you’re not me – you’re not funny’. I gave him a cou­ple – his best ones. I liked Kerry. I did take the mickey out of him once or twice but I didn’t ‘do’ him. I couldn’t do him.’’ John Cor­nell, aka Strop: ‘‘The most mis­cast char­ac­ter ac­tor of all time. There weren’t any sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Strop and John Cor­nell. He’ll def­i­nitely get along to one of my shows. He’ll be sit­ting down the front. He’s not do­ing any­thing in the show and doesn’t want to know – he likes to not know in ad­vance what the show is go­ing to be like. He likes to sit down there and switch off. It’s a great friend­ship. It hasn’t changed. We had din­ner the other night with the kids. It’s the kind of friend­ship where he’d take a bul­let for you – and I’d take one for him. John Cor­nell had more con­fi­dence and faith in me than I had in my­self and pushed and cat­tle prod­ded and steered me.’’ Tak­ing his youngest son, Chance, for Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge climb: ‘‘It’s not on the list of things to do – all chained to­gether and stay­ing be­tween the handrails. That’s not my idea of climb­ing the Har­bour Bridge.’’

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