Reports surfaced on Sunday that the Channel Seven star had ‘offended’ the Easy On Me hitmaker when he admitted that he hadn’t listened to her new album during an exclusive interview.
Matt had travelled to London for what was supposed to be Adele’s only Australian TV interview to promote her first album in six years, 30.
However, sources claimed that the singer ‘stormed out’ after the half-hour chat because he didn’t ask any questions about her new album and later admitted that he hadn’t even listened to it, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Adele’s record label Sony was also said to have been so outraged by the blunder that they refused to allow the network to air the interview as part of its $1 million package, which also included broadcast rights to Adele’s One Night Only concert special and her sit-down with Oprah Winfrey.
Matt has received an intense social media backlash since the reports emerged, with several people mocking his most recent Instagram post shared prior to filming the interview in the UK on November 4.
“Back at it with the boys! This one is going to be pretty special,” he captioned a selfie alongside two Channel Seven crew members with the London Bridge behind them.
“Photos taken minutes before disaster,” one person commented, with another writing, “This picture did not age well at all”.
“Seriously? What kind of journalist doesn’t do his homework. Fly halfway across the world and don’t even listen to the album,” someone else shared, followed by a fourth who remarked, “Time to gram but no time to cram?”
“Why do you still have this post up?” another asked. “Might be best to just delete it.”
Matt has also been called out by several Twitter users, included fellow journalists and media commentators.
Rosie Waterland tweeted: “I just keep thinking… how bad must the interview have been, that Adele actually asked him if he’d listened to the album? One Google search would’ve revealed it’s about her divorce (at its simplest). He must have been SO wilfully uninterested for it to be obvious he knew nothing.”
Marc Fennell added: “Re: Adele/Ch7. I’ve spent over a decade interviewing major actors, musicians around the world. Negotiating access, researching for genuinely interesting convo? That’s the hard part. Literally the *easiest* part is listening to the album on a 14hr (likely biz class) flight.”
“Adele knew Matt Doran hadn’t listened to her album when he said his favourite thing about it was the ‘ripping guitar solos’,” The Project’s Peter Helliar joked.
‘The most important email I have ever missed’
Matt has since spoken out about the incident, admitting that he is “mortified and unequivocally apologetic”.
“When I sat down to interview Adele, I was totally unaware that I’d been emailed a preview of her unreleased album,” he told The Australian.
“I have since discovered it was sent to me as an ‘e card’ link, which I somehow missed upon landing in London. It was an oversight but NOT a deliberate snub. This is the most important email I have ever missed.”
The journalist also denied that Adele ‘stormed out’ of the interview and shut down claims that he was formally ‘suspended’ from Sunrise, despite being absent for one weekend.
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