Last Tuesday a viewer email question about kissing veered into dangerous territory when Douglas began giving frank advice.
His comments left Matthew White silent, while Jessica Rowe and Monique Wright tried to steer the conversation back to a more mainstream discussion.
This is despite the show being classified M (for coarse language, adult themes and sexual references) and willingly hiring an openly gay male. Indeed in its own promotion for the show the Seven personalities promised The Night Cap would “push the boundaries a bit” (quote: Jessica Rowe), where “nothing’s out of bounds” (quote: Monique Wright) and “we’re live on air there’s gonna be time when things happen” (Matthew White).
To hear what happened read on (warning: may offend):
‘Ask Zach’ Tue Feb 19.
Douglas was answering a question from ‘Lisa of Melbourne': “My boyfriend won’t kiss me when we’re having sex.”
Zach’s advice was frank:
“Don’t give him head beforehand.. men don’t like the idea that they’re tasting themselves,” he said.
“If they’re not going to be kissing during sex, that’s exactly what it is. It’s not making love.
“I don’t know…If he doesn’t want to kiss her then there’s seriously something wrong.
“It’s quite known in gay sex, y’know, like, well that’s a gay man’s dream…. you get in, you get out, there’s no… y’know what I mean?”
By this stage both Jessica Rowe had tried to suggest more romance as an answer to Lisa’s problem, and Monique Wright raised questions about the intimacy of kissing.
“I think its intimacy levels yeah…a woman is a lot more affectionate than what a male is,” he said.
“Either that or she’s got a problem with bad breath.”
A spokeswoman for Channel 7 told Confidential yesterday there was “no correlation between the incident” and a decision to replace Douglas on the panel.
“Zach found flying between Melbourne and Sydney twice a week took its toll on him and his (corset) business, so he’ll now be our entertainment and gossip reporter,” the publicist said.
“We feel it’s a better fit rather than him as a full-time panellist.”
His position will be recast with “different guests each week” until a suitable permanent replacement is found.
The clip can still be seen on the Night Cap website. in a second clip on the date Feb 19.
Ironically, the Ask Zach segment was followed by a piece on Jane Fonda saying too much live on American television!
Additional source: Confidential