Bert Newton forgets #MeToo movement, delivers gay slur at 2018 Logies

Written by Poppy Reid on 2nd July, 2018
Bert Newton forgets #MeToo movement, delivers gay slur at 2018 Logies

It wouldn’t be the annual Logie Awards if a faux pas or discriminatory comment wasn’t made.

Last night’s 60th annual event to celebrate the best on the Australian small screen was no different when television icon Bert Newton made a gay slur when presenting the Graham Kennedy Award for most popular new talent.

“As I look out on the audience I’ve got to be honest, there are many faces that I know from the screen but don’t know them personally,” Newton said. “And you might feel the same way. ‘You know, ‘where’s this old p**f come from?'”

It’s unclear whether Bert Newton was referring to himself or to his late friend and longtime collaborator Graham Kennedy.

“Speaking of young talent,” Newton continued, “Graham Kennedy was always the sort of man who nurtured young talent.” Newton then joked that his former co-star enjoyed “mentoring” young talent in private.

“He enjoyed giving young people a chance on television, he was a great mentor, he mentored a lot of young people,” he said. “[…] You knew if you went to his dressing room and it was locked, he would be inside doing some mentoring.”

Bert Newton, appositely, is now facing a social media backlash.

Australian TV and movie historian Andrew Mercado tweeted:

Members of the public and media took to Twitter to share their disdain for Newton’s comments.

This year’s winners included Grant Denyer of the recently cancelled Family Feud taking home the coveted Gold Logie, beating out longtime Australian TV favourites Tracy Grimshaw and Amanda Keller, with Pamela Rabe of Wentworth taking out the award for Most Outstanding Actress.

Logies 2018 Winners List:

TV Week Gold Logie – Most Popular Personality on Australian TV

Grant Denyer, Family Feud/All Star Family Feud (Network Ten)

Most Popular Actor

Ray Meagher, Home And Away (Channel 7)

Most Popular Actress

Jessica Marais, Love Child (Nine Network); The Wrong Girl (Network Ten)

Most Popular Presenter

Grant Denyer, Family Feud/All Star Family Feud (Network Ten)

Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent

Dilruk Jayasinha, CRAM! (Network Ten); Utopia (ABC)

Most Popular Drama Program

Wentworth (Foxtel – Showcase)

Most Popular Entertainment Program

Gogglebox Australia (Foxtel/Network Ten)

Most Popular Comedy Program

Have You Been Paying Attention? (Network Ten)

Most Popular Reality Program

The Block (Nine Network)

Most Popular Lifestyle Program

The Living Room (Network Ten)

The article was originally published on Brag Magazine