ABC host Beverley O'Connor's live slip-up goes viral

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
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ABC host Beverley O'Connor went viral last night, after a hilarious slip-up while live on air.

The 58-year-old was presenting The World on ABC when she made the light-hearted blunder as the studio waited for Victorian Premier, Dan Andrews, to appear at a press conference.

 Beverley O'Connor on The World on ABC
Beverley O'Connor went viral last night, after a hilarious slip-up while live on air. Photo: ABC

"We'll be crossing to a press conference with Dan Murphy – uh, Dan Andrews, soon," she said, accidentally calling the premier by the name of the famous Australian bottle shop.

The moment didn’t go unnoticed by the viewers at home, with people taking to their Twitter in their droves.

“Did anyone else catch that “We’ll be crossing to Dan Murphy” on ABC News? It takes very little to amuse me right now,” one person asked.


“I hope everyone watched Dan Murphy's press conference. ABC presenter called Dan Andrews, Dan Murphy,” another said.

Beverly later took to her Twitter account to address the faux pas, writing: “Not on the beers tonight I promise, not Dan Murphy but Dan Andrews now on”.

Within minutes, Dan Murphy’s was the number 22 topic trending on Twitter worldwide and number two in Australia, with Beverly again Tweeting: “Will I ever live this down, with apologies to Dan Andrews.”

The light-hearted moment came as it was announced that Victorians must again wear face masks and limit household gatherings after a Melbourne quarantine hotel worker tested positive to COVID-19.

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews speaks to the media on January 14, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has announced Victoria's staged return to office work will resume from 18 January as the state continues to record no new COVID-19 cases in the community.
Beverley O'Connor accidentally called Victorian Premier Dan Murphy's instead of Dan Andrews. Photo: Getty Images

The 26-year-old man from Noble Park in the city's southeast visited numerous public places and shops before returning a positive test on Wednesday.

He had been employed as a "resident support worker" at Melbourne's Grand Hyatt, where scores of international tennis players have been quarantining after arriving for the Australian Open. He worked his most recent shift last Friday.

It's not yet known if the man is carrying a potent offshore strain of the virus.

"Through an abundance of caution, we're assuming the worst. I think that's always a smart thing to do," Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters overnight.

With extra reporting by AAP

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