WHO - - Back Chat -

More than a year since a tense off-air ex­change in­volv­ing Sherlock was leaked, went vi­ral and be­came known as Jack­et­gate, the Nine News Now pre­sen­ter, 42, sits down for a tough ask with WHO con­trib­u­tor Shan­non Mol­loy.

What’s the big­gest mis­con­cep­tion some­one may have of you?

That I live a glam­orous life. The real­ity is that I work full-time and have two small chil­dren. Most nights I am up to my el­bows in home­work, bed-time sto­ries, wash­ing and pack­ing lunches.

How of­ten do peo­ple bring up Jack­et­gate and does it up­set you?

Not much any more, and if they do, it’s usu­ally in good hu­mour. I think Jack­et­gate is part of the Aus­tralian ver­nac­u­lar now!

If you had $1 mil­lion to give to char­ity, which one would you choose and why?

I would split it be­tween Mir­a­cle Ba­bies and Humpty Dumpty Foun­da­tion. My daugh­ter was born six weeks pre­ma­ture and both these or­gan­i­sa­tions are do­ing amaz­ing work pro­vid­ing vi­tal sup­port and equip­ment for sick kids and their fam­i­lies around Aus­tralia.

De­clut­ter or col­lect?

I’m def­i­nitely a col­lec­tor. I have a whole stor­age space full of stuff. I love stuff.

What was your favourite toy as a child?

Not quite a toy but I had this vinyl ABBA bag I used to take to kindy. I loved that bag. I took it ev­ery­where.

So what’s in your hand­bag right now?

A phone, wal­let, makeup, hard-copy di­ary, re­ceipts, mu­si­cal-the­atre stubs, five biros, a wa­ter bot­tle, and chil­dren’s bits and pieces. I have a very big hand­bag!

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