The Wiggles suffer live TV gaffe on The Project: 'Wrap this up'

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

There’s no doubting that The Wiggles are consummate professionals when it comes to entertaining audiences young and old, however, even they aren’t immune to the odd gaffe on live TV.

The popular Aussie kids’ group were appearing on The Project on Tuesday night via video link to promote their new 2021 tour, ‘We’re All Fruit Salad,’ when things went a bit awry.

The Wiggles members Purple Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie, Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins and Red Wiggle Simon Pryce on The Project
The Wiggles suffered a live TV gaffe during their appearance on The Project. Photo: Channel 10.

‘Captain ladder’

The band — consisting of original members Anthony Field along with Purple Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie, Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins and Red Wiggle Simon Pryce — had just broken into a rendition of a special Christmas version of “Big Red Car” while ‘driving’ themselves off set.

The camera followed the foursome — with Dorothy the Dinosaur — as they made their exit stage left only to unwittingly expose the legs and shoes of a crew member who was perched atop a ladder, holding a boom microphone.

At this point, host Waleed Aly jumped in to address the elephant — or in this case, the crew member — in the room.

“I think we've just broken the fourth wall, that's not how this was meant to go!” he joked.

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“A new character, Captain Ladder!” quipped Peter Helliar.

“I’d better wrap this up before everyone’s heart breaks at home,” Waleed announced as the camera quickly cut away from the giggling group.

Before the on-air hiccup, Blue Wiggle Anthony revealed that the band “can't wait to go out and perform” in the new year.

“All of us around the country that are entertainers, we have been waiting for the moment to be able to get the green light to go out and do what we do - which is perform, play music and sing for our audiences,” he said.

A Wiggly 2020

It’s been an eventful year for the band, particularly Lachlan who welcomed twin daughters with his fiancée, Dana Stephensen in September after a ‘secret’ pregnancy.

Lachlan, of course, was previously married to Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins but the pair parted ways in August 2018 before he went public with Dana in October 2019.

In January tragedy struck when original Yellow Wiggle Greg Page collapsed on stage and went into cardiac arrest during a bushfire relief concert in Sydney.

Greg was given life-saving CPR by two members of The Wiggles’ cast and crew — drummer Steve Pace and a woman named Kim — and a nurse from the audience who used a defibrillator before he was rushed to hospital.

The 48-year-old has long been open about his battle with orthostatic intolerance, a circulatory system disorder that affects blood flow and can cause sufferers to faint, become weak or, more seriously, experience heart issues.

The condition saw him retire from the group in 2006 after 15 years, with understudy Sam Moran pulling on the iconic yellow skivvy.

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