Up late with Warnie

Sunday Mail - - CONFIDENTIAL -

SPIN king Shane Warne is still des­per­ate to go to bed with most Aus­tralians – as the host of his own late-night talk show, that is.

Fox Cricket’s su­per­star sign­ing has re­vealed he’s in talks with his bosses of Fox Sport’s am­bi­tious new 24-hour cricket chan­nel, keep­ing alive his hopes of be­ing our an­swer to Bri­tain’s Michael Parkin­son or vet­eran US an­chor Larry King.

His last at­tempt to go prime-time on Nine back in 2011 was a rat­ings dis­as­ter, with Warne blam­ing his for­mer net­work for mess­ing with the for­mat for Warnie – through which he had wanted to show off his huge cir­cle of celebrity friends.

While he de­liv­ered big name sit-downs with mates James Packer, Cold­play front­man Chris Martin and Top Gear bad boy Jeremy Clark­son, the show was axed af­ter just four episodes, in a hail of crit­i­cism and poor au­di­ence fig­ures.

“I had wanted a Larry King style in­ter­view show with some of these guys I know and wanted to talk to them about what made them suc­cess­ful,” Warne said.

“But un­for­tu­nately, (Nine) got in­volved and turned it into a sort of Footy Show. So the in­ter­views I had, ev­ery­one loved and they were great but then when you throw to a live cross to McDon­ald’s, on a Thurs­day night, (view­ers) just said ‘what the f… is this?’ and so they switched over.”

Now, the in-de­mand TV star is ea­ger to ex­plore new pro­gram­ming ideas, in­clud­ing a chat show, as part of Fox Cricket’s ex­pan­sive TV sched­ule and dig­i­tal plans. “Well, there’s a few things in the pipe­line, we’re just try­ing to work it out,” Warne said.

“We want to get the com­men­tary up and run­ning, get ev­ery­thing right there, one thing at a time, but I’m def­i­nitely open to it.” Call on 8206 2459 or drop me a line at matt.gilbertson@news.com.au or twit­ter.com/mat­t_gilbert­son face­book.com/Tis­erEn­ter­tain­ment

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