The Project’s seasoned hosts have long held a reputation for their willingness to broach uncomfortable topics on-air.
But one subject appeared to cross a line during Monday night’s episode, when three of its panellists refused to relay some unwanted news to the show’s audience.
The awkward moment was first triggered by co-anchor Waleed Aly when he prepared to inform audiences about Australia’s most recent Ashes loss to England.
As the camera panned to the 41-year-old, he informed the panel about his flat-out aversion to the news.
“To the next story now and I refuse to read this,” he told the studio audience, in reference to the country’s shock cricket loss on Sunday night.
This mood was then compounded by comedian Peter Helliar who also passed on reading the news, saying he’s ‘not doing it either’.
Passing up the story
Regular guest Steve Price also tapped out of his on air duties, replying ‘nope, not me’ when asked to read the segment.
Finally, Carrie Bickmore employed her trademark professionalism and moved ahead with the story.
“Come on you miserable bums. Australia just lost the unlosable test,” she informed the audience, asking, “How, oh how, did we just drop the Ashes.”
After Carrie finally forged ahead, the program aired the package - voiced by Waleed - which detailed Australia’s shock loss to its longtime sports rival.
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