Paul Henry show axed in Australia

November 12th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald report:

Controversial broadcaster may be on his way back to New Zealand after having his Australian breakfast show axed by network bosses.

Australian network Ten released a statement saying Breakfast, which is fronted by Henry and journalist Kathryn Robinson, will cease production on November 30.

The show has lagged behind its rivals in the ratings since debuting on Ten in February.

It can be tough to break into a new market in a new country. Piers Morgan on CNN is finding it the same. Not suggesting the two gentleman are the same.

He has been tipped to take over from Mark Sainsbury once Close Up is axed at the end of the year, along with his former TVNZ Breakfast co-presenter Pippa Wetzell.

It will be very interesting to see if they do put him into the 7 pm slot. It will need a somewhat different style to Breakfast TV, but if he can pull it off the potential audience share he can gain is significant.

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37 Responses to “Paul Henry show axed in Australia”

  1. alex (298 comments) says:

    What a shame he’s planning on coming back here, Australia is welcome to keep him.

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  2. RRM (8,994 comments) says:

    It stands to reason he was a flop on TV over there, when you think about it:

    In New Zealand, he was a notoriously crass, opinionated big mouth who managed to outrage someone pretty much every day.

    In Australia, he’d be just another ordinary guy…

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  3. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    Would be good to have someone on at 7pm who is not a dreary lefty. Not that I watch the 7pm shows.

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  4. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    @ RRM
    I’m a kiwi. I find Australians a breath of fresh air compared to my state-fed whinging compatriots.

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  5. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    In Australia, he’d be just another ordinary guy…

    Nah, over here its as if Ch 10′s lawyers have him on a short leash.

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  6. orewa1 (425 comments) says:

    Spare us!

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  7. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    I imagine the only people who would welcome Henry back in the 7pm slot on ONE are the few misogynists and racists who supported him in his comments on women’s facial hair and his anti-Indian rants. Oh, and the crew at Campbell Live too, I suspect.

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  8. Redbaiter (6,481 comments) says:

    Someone need to tell all of these drongoes complaining about Henry’s presence on TV that most sets have an off button somewhere.

    My opinion is he’s a no talent loser, but then so are most people on NZ and Australian TV.

    I’m fucked if I know why anyone with even a skerrick of intelligence would be bothered with it.

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  9. Paul Williams (868 comments) says:

    It stands to reason he was a flop on TV over there, when you think about it:

    In New Zealand, he was a notoriously crass, opinionated big mouth who managed to outrage someone pretty much every day.

    In Australia, he’d be just another ordinary guy…

    Yup. I believe I said essentially this at the time. He’s not funny, smart or even, believe it or not, offensive enough to do well in Aust.

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  10. Nookin (2,890 comments) says:

    Toad

    Henry filled in for the Walrus from time to time and presented an entirely different persona. None of the idiocy associated with a breakfast show he really did not want to do (he was after the 7pm spot when Holmes bowed out).

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  11. Monty (949 comments) says:

    Poor Toad – as much as the left adore Campbell, having Paul Henry competing on TV1 will be the nightmare they never wanted. Paul Henry can also bloody funny, controversial, in your face, and has personality to burn. Campbell – the darling of the left will struggle, TV3 bosses will end up sacking / resigning him and putting in his place someone who could compete.

    No more TV3 air time for sad sack losers who don’t give their kids breakfast, don’t pay their electricity bills, live in state houses, or are struggling because the husband is on a port strike.

    Henry will command massive audiences. And love him or hate him he will attract viewers. That is what TV1 want. Sure – if you don’t like Henry – then dont watch. I for one will celebrate his return to prime time TV.

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  12. dime (8,778 comments) says:

    Dime was never a fan of Henry on the morning show. I just wanted to bitch slap him.

    I liked him on radio live and he was good on the evening shows.

    Before reading the comments I couldnt care less if he came back. But then I saw what toad wrote. I say COME BACK! lefties hate it.

    Toad, you really are just a girl.

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  13. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    Come back Paul…we need you ! Open , honest, sense of humour and non PC..a breath of fresh air in stuffy Nil Ziland.

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  14. Zapper (845 comments) says:

    I’m with you dime. Anything toad is against must be good for NZ. Similarly, anything he is for, like billboard vandalism, is probably bad.

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  15. Paul Williams (868 comments) says:

    Liarbors a joke, I believe that’s the first time in several years, anyone at this blog has said something like this to me. Usually, it’s a little – well, completetly – different.

    Cheers, I think?

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  16. labrator (1,691 comments) says:

    @toad I’d tell you I want Paul Henry back but you might be a woman.

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  17. Bob R (1,253 comments) says:

    I thought he was pretty good filling in on Close Up previously. A good political interviewer and able to do light hearted stuff too. They would get a boost in ratings and rejuvenate that show with him. Also, a nice balance to the more liberal/Green approach on Cambell Live (who I enjoy also).

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  18. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    Paul W…well, if the cap fits…but I dont think it would somehow.

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  19. edhunter (435 comments) says:

    As a recent expat I’m going to miss my dose of Paul in the morning. To be sure they changed the format of his show here so many times it was ridiculous from 3 hosts (awkward), to 2 hosts (took a while but the chemistry was finally starting to happen), to sitting on sofas, to sitting behind a desk and all to no avail. Have to say they also had one of hottest weather girls on TV ever, Magdalena Roze well worth a google

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  20. the conservative (57 comments) says:

    This was expected. It must be almost impossible for a Kiwi to make it on that kind of show. To make it in any foreign country would be difficult. Can you imagine an Australian doing the same here; it would be impossible? How could Henry give an opinion without the locals saying ‘what does he know; he’s a Kiwi?’

    I hope he takes over from boring Mark Sainsbury. Close Up is dead; every second night they seem to push their liberal, minimum-alcohol-price agenda.

    Mind you, would Henry ever be the same again; will he feel gagged by New Zealand’s speech police?

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  21. duggledog (1,116 comments) says:

    Well I would think he will be back to do the new Close Up show. If so, watch the numbers jump up overnight. TVNZ’s directive now is simply to make $. The only thing that makes me think maybe not is Raewyn Rasch is executive producer, not sure if she’s a fan.

    Be interesting to see what he does next, because you can bet he won’t be sitting around

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  22. David Garrett (5,150 comments) says:

    Paul Henry…the “journalist” who could dish it out but not take it himself…remember his little hissy fit – from the safety of his car – when some of his colleagues staked out his house after one of his “controversies”? …cant remember which one….

    I like his self description “I’m just a gyppo television presenter”….Don’t go into politics Paul, you’d last about a month…

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  23. David Garrett (5,150 comments) says:

    And Diane Forman? Puh-leeze, as they used to say! Imagine having Don Brash’s seconds!

    Still, if some aging bottle blonde wanted to give me a porsche I supposed I’d grit my teeth and think of England…or something…anything but her….

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  24. nasska (9,542 comments) says:

    David Garrett

    …”Don’t go into politics Paul, you’d last about a month…”….

    The wanker has already had a crack at getting himself elected. He stood for National for the Wairarapa seat in 1999 after a mouth almighty stint as a radio jock from the mid eighties on.

    He got his clock cleaned by about 3000 votes by Georgina Beyer. Henry will forever live in my memory as a price dickhead after he threw his toys out the cot & abused the Wairarapa voters afterwards for not appreciating him as the superior candidate.

    He’s a knob!

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  25. Left Right and Centre (2,396 comments) says:

    I don’t think it would matter too much what kind of a set-up he had in Australia.

    I wish I had the requisite literary skills to make this eloquent but I don’t, so I’ll just put it like this: he will never win over enough people because he’s an irritating little cunt of a man that you mostly want to punch in the fucking head. Preferably right as he’s lost in the middle of one of his long drawn out cringefest totally-over-the-top *fucking god awful* car-engine-turning-over-but-won’t-start twattish laughs…..

    I don’t find him offensive and I often don’t mind what he says but it’s nowhere near enough to make up for having to look at his weedy impish smirking smarmy nerdy git lined face. His manner, his demeanour and his me me me me me me me me me fucking me fucking look at me, aren’t I the coolest personality….. yeeueurghgh. That’s taking the piss that you’d put a dick like that on TV isn’t it?

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  26. David Garrett (5,150 comments) says:

    Left right…(why do they all have these silly multi word pseuds?): Yes, I agree…I thought he really showed his (lack of) moral fibre when his colleagues targeted him…do you remember? Sitting in the car Diane bought him squealing about suing them? Note to self: you cannot sue anyone for doing anything other than physical to you in a public place…

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  27. mikenmild (8,889 comments) says:

    If he were capable of reproducing, he’d make a damn fine king.

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  28. Redbaiter (6,481 comments) says:

    “Yes, I agree…I thought he really showed his (lack of) moral fibre when his colleagues targeted him…do you remember?”

    Hmmmmm……

    Turned to water when attacked by left wing journos..

    Now where have I heard that story before??

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  29. rakuraku (162 comments) says:

    Paul could do a nightly show with John Key it would be like the Two Ronnies.

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  30. David Garrett (5,150 comments) says:

    Oh god red…how many times do you need me to confess?

    What was your real name again?

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  31. nasska (9,542 comments) says:

    David Garrett

    Do you reckon this offers a clue?

    Ref: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/gordon-mclauchlan/news/article.cfm?a_id=4&objectid=3544039

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  32. labrator (1,691 comments) says:

    Oh god red…how many times do you need me to confess?

    What was your real name again?

    I nominate John Banks, or maybe Winston Peters.

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  33. Paul Williams (868 comments) says:

    Paul W…well, if the cap fits…but I dont think it would somehow.

    I think the time’s past, sadly. Still, cheers.

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  34. rakuraku (162 comments) says:

    Paul Henry should stand for the National Party in the Epsom Electorate as I don’t think the Skipper of the Cabbage Boat will be standing in the next election.

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  35. ChardonnayGuy (1,024 comments) says:

    Is there any way there could be a ‘tragic’ accident involving an anti-aircraft projectile and incoming vessel carrying the bespectacled boob in question over the Tasman? It would save New Zealand broadcasting from a hideous fate…

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  36. KevinH (1,129 comments) says:

    Providing he can keep his mouth shut at the appropriate times ie no bad taste adlibbing, Paul Henry would be great on the 7 pm slot on One with his lovely co host Pippa Wetzell as a co host. The show would attract a large audience and no doubt would be entertaining with a few laughs and a bit of mickey taking intermixed with some serious news.
    Welcome back Paul and Pippa.

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  37. ChardonnayGuy (1,024 comments) says:

    If that is indeed the case, Kevin, I will keep watching Campbell Live as retaliation…

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