Up late with Warnie
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/matt_gilbertson facebook.com/TiserEntertainment
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