‘ What’s weird is that now I’ve be­come the rants’ ranty guy. Peo­ple look for­ward to my

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD... - THE LAST LEG HOST WITH ADAM HILLS, With Anna Brain

“I’VE never sat down and thought, ‘Right, I’m go­ing to start do­ing rants on this show’ ( The Last Leg). I kind of went on one, and I got a good re­sponse.

A few weeks later I let rip with an­other one … sud­denly you’ve got the chan­nel say­ing ev­ery week, ‘We need a rant, we need a rant!’ I’m not go­ing to man­u­fac­ture some­thing if I’m not ac­tu­ally re­ally an­noyed.

With some­thing like that you’ve got to be re­ally care­ful that you don’t start de­liv­er­ing them to or­der. What’s weird is that now I’ve be­come the ranty guy. Peo­ple look for­ward to my rants. I’m all right with it.

To be hon­est, I’m not sure a Bri­tish per­son could get away with th­ese rants. I get away with it be­cause I’m an Aussie, and they think I’m un­cul­tured.

On The Last Leg, we’ve cov­ered Gaza, Ebola, Syria, Robin Wil­liams dy­ing, Joan Rivers dy­ing. With this se­ries, we thought, ‘What could pos­si­bly go wrong?’ And then there was Char­lie Hebdo … It hap­pened Fri­day, and we were on air Fri­day night, lit­er­ally four hours af­ter the whole hostage sit­u­a­tion un­folded in Paris. So we were rewrit­ing the show while we were watch­ing the news.

You can’t just wing it; you re­ally have to put a lot of thought into what you’re say­ing on air. But we had to cover it, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing it was an attack on a satir­i­cal mag­a­zine. It was a ques­tion of what can you laugh at, and what is out of bounds.

And as it turned out, we had a lot of peo­ple tun­ing in on Fri­day night. We are al­most be­com­ing a kind of go-to show for peo­ple to make sense of it all. We try to find some lev­ity in it with­out mock­ing what went on. I still have mo­ments where I think, ‘When did I be­come the re­spon­si­ble mouth­piece of Bri­tish tele­vi­sion?’

The Adam Grieves Tum­blr ac­count … that was a weird week. It started with Fiona O’Lough­lin call­ing me out for writ­ing some­thing nice about Joan Rivers. Thank­fully that week I was ac­tu­ally film­ing a pi­lot for an­other show on Chan­nel 4, so I was busy enough that I didn’t get too bogged down with what was go­ing on Twit­ter. A lot of peo­ple tend to write ‘in me­mo­ri­ams’ when­ever some­one passes away. And be­cause I was on Spicks and Specks, there’s a good chance that many of them were on the show at some point. I al­most feel a duty to write some­thing nice about them.”


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