Oops. “No apologies for the fact that your show has so few viewers.”

By David Knox on August 31, 2012 / Filed Under News 49

A rep from the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union interviewed on Breakfast this morning didn’t take kindly to Paul Henry’s question.

Here’s what went down.

Wait for the final moments…

Source: Mumbrella


  1. SusanP September 1, 2012 at 6:07 pm -

    @Ted.. I agree.

  2. Ted September 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm -

    Its not about outrage, its about audience share.

    The cynic in me has very reasonable excuses for the lack of outrage, firstly they are not a threat ratings wise and giving them any publicity, any at all will lift ratings.

    The rival networks will not do anything at all unless they think they can siphon off viewers or ride on the coat tails of a hit opposing show.

    Never forget TV is a business first and foremost.

  3. SusanP September 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm -

    @gregaus… I have a dislike at being asked a question and then that person filling in the response and deciding what I think rather than waiting for clarification. I entirely reject your assertion that begins your second paragraph.

    What I deplore is the fact that various media and politicians did not come to the party with the same response that has been given to the Charlotte Dawson case after various teens have suicided after being cyber-bullied. Yes, those sad incidents were reported upon, but there was not the full blown response as was seen this week. Same with Kyle. He abused a range of people but suddenly, when a news.com.au reporter cops it, the media reared up and bayed for blood.

    Re Henry, I said I didn’t accept it as such, but I doubt it will get a lot of media air-time in the way people here hope and I provided a reasoning for that belief. I may be wrong but so far I’m not otherwise David wouldn’t be staggered.

  4. gregaus September 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm -

    SusanP – what are you saying? That Paul Henry should not be held to account for the foul and unacceptable things he says? Is he bound by a separate set of laws that I am not aware of? That he can say whatever he wants just because it’s “expected”?

    It’s exactly this kind of thinking that has allowed these people get away with their base, lowest common denominator racist taunts and jibes. I “expect” murderers to murder because that’s what they do – but that does not mean they’re outside the law and shouldn’t pay for their actions when caught. The same goes for Henry!

  5. cliff55 September 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm -

    If they want a humorous, politically aware New Zealander surely John Clarke would be the man to replace Henry.

  6. SusanP September 1, 2012 at 12:33 pm -

    David, I don’t understand why you are staggered. I would have thought that what we are seeing is precisely what one would expect. Frankly, I find the whole troll issue fallout and response insulting but I wouldn’t be able to outline my reaction to that here. But the media have clearly shown in the past year that if a female media colleague is hurt that colleagues will come out like avenging angels (the Kyle ‘fat cow’ issue was an exemplar) in ways that they didn’t for a member of the general public.

    Henry’s comment would have been seen as ‘typical’ and expected, Indeed, it would have been largely accepted as ‘in context’ for who and what he is and his broader oeuvre.

    So, I think once again what has been seen is precisely what we could have expected. Not saying I accept it as such…but I do recognise it as typical.

  7. gregaus September 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm -

    I agree David! I’ve been vocal about this guy for some time now and scratching my head why the horrible things he says have not been exposed by the media in the same way others have been. Let’s hope this changes.

  8. Kiera September 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm -

    David, you’ve hit the nail on the head and I was wondering the exact same thing! I hope this guy makes it on Media Watch on Monday!

  9. Chris N. September 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm -

    Oh I see, he can dish it out but he can’t take it? Controversy is fine as long as its at the expense of asylum seekers but not Henry himself?

  10. [email protected]/* */ September 1, 2012 at 11:54 am -

    David, I think the lack of coverage shows Paul Henry and this awful excuse for a show are irrelevant. How anyone thought this man would be accepted in this country, particularly at breakfast time, beggars belief.

  11. steveany 2.0 September 1, 2012 at 11:52 am -

    You’re right, it beggars belief doesn’t it?
    I can only think it’s due to the incredibly low viewer numbers Breakfast rates.
    The various media didn’t report that I spilled my muesli on the kitchen bench top this morning for exactly the same reason! ie – Who cares?

  12. David Knox September 1, 2012 at 11:27 am -

    I must say I am staggered, s-t-a-g-g-e-r-ed, that media covers the troll debacle, and the “cow” comment flung at Leigh Sales yet nobody else picked up on a breakfast TV host saying asylum seekers could starve in the same week as Go Back. Where is the context?

  13. bettestreep2008 September 1, 2012 at 11:11 am -

    Paul Henry should have responded by dragging out Clint Eastwood and an empty chair….

  14. steviep September 1, 2012 at 10:29 am -

    i agree with Henry
    funny how people call him a bully for speaking his mind. even more ironic normally the unions try bully everyone

  15. kats September 1, 2012 at 8:14 am -

    @SusanP,thank you.I was wondering why that happens on occasion.

  16. kas September 1, 2012 at 8:05 am -

    I find it interesting that neither this conversation or Paul Henry’s earlier ‘oops’ re starving refugees have made the mainstream media. I would have thought that, had they occurred on any other TV show they would have been deemed newsworthy. Is there some kind of media blackout on giving Breakfast any publicity?

  17. cnrmlj September 1, 2012 at 7:40 am -

    Hadn’t seen that show before. What a rabble of a show. Can see now why no one watches it.

    Obviously the reputation of this kiwi guy precedes him so the union guy was up for a fight anyway. I can’t recall a similar exchange between Karl and someone or Kochie and someone.

  18. steveany 2.0 September 1, 2012 at 2:37 am -

    @ All commenters below (except 2),
    I love you people!
    Great comments that said everything I wanted to!

  19. swosha August 31, 2012 at 10:32 pm -

    more people should give breakfast a chance, after all it is the most important part of the day… :)

  20. Secret Squirrel August 31, 2012 at 10:18 pm -

    I wasn’t going to bother commenting on this but then I realised that by doing so, we’d have one more comment than Henry has fans in Aust and NZ combined.

  21. moygsa August 31, 2012 at 9:32 pm -

    Just saw the clip. What a tool the host is!!!!!! OMFG! I was soo P’d off the other day when he said things about the french!! I had to turn off..He is a gonner, just like the show!! F a i l! Who at TEN is letting this happen, you lot are fools hahaha oh, im not in a union – and i dont want to be, but the host is just a total tool !

  22. oztvheritage August 31, 2012 at 8:58 pm -

    Yeah just watched it on
    Um site. I thought Henry was a pretty good sport really. It appears in
    The last few weeks Paul is becoming more shock jock like in An attempt to get some more attention and lift viewers before he gets he sack before years end

  23. SusanP August 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm -

    @kats….if 9, for example, claimed copyright on the footage, YT will instantly remove it if stray users have put it up and 9 objects to that. That’s why there are almost no Prince related YT vids for example. He objected strongly to them being on there and YT removed almost all.

  24. Sharpy August 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm -

    The video is still available on the Mumbrella site:


  25. J Bar August 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm -

    Found it on the mumbrella site. Hilarious. Kath really tried hard not to laugh out loud. :)

  26. effdee August 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm -

    YT clip is gone, what happened?

  27. kats August 31, 2012 at 5:28 pm -

    When I went to view the video,it said it had been removed by the user.Just out of curiosity,I’m wondering what possible reasons could there be for them to remove the footage?
    Whatever the reason,all I can wonder is why Ten persist with Paul Henry?All they seem to be doing is alienating viewers.I think a key trait that is missing with PH and I think it’s a fairly important one,is integrity.Ten need to re-evaluate why they are continuing with Breakfast as it is.

  28. Dave August 31, 2012 at 5:15 pm -

    Damn. Its been pulled

  29. daran August 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm -

    Video was removed by the user. Guess Ch10 wasn’t impressed

  30. MrsStepford August 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm -

    This story looks intriguing… but someone wasn’t happy about us watching the video….

  31. JB August 31, 2012 at 4:57 pm -

    Oh it says it’s been removed. So people don’t watch Breakfast in the first place and now Ten is blocking people from watching Breakfast.

  32. Adam Oriti Art August 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm -

    Its gone!

  33. perth tiger August 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm -

    dont we have enough right wing idiots of our own without importing them from new zealand

  34. mellowman August 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm -

    lol telling it how it is

  35. NicH August 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm -

    Ha ha!!! zing

  36. jezza the first original one August 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm -

    oh dear….embarrassing & sad, another section of the ch10 corpse not doing so good

  37. jenny August 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm -

    Paul is growing on me….hope 10 gives the show more time

  38. Kiera August 31, 2012 at 3:53 pm -

    Perhaps now Paul Henry will learn how to spell “comeuppance”!

  39. Ann August 31, 2012 at 3:51 pm -

    That is very funny, sure to go viral

  40. Dr_Rudi August 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm -

    Well, exactly. Perhaps Paul Henry would like the organisers of the City to Surf, or the Run to G, or the ANZAC Day march to apologise too.

  41. SusanP August 31, 2012 at 3:18 pm -

    lol Good on the union rep. He made me feel like stepping out in a May day parade.

  42. Craig August 31, 2012 at 3:17 pm -


  43. Dayman August 31, 2012 at 3:14 pm -

    These TV / Radio presenters rely on getting people off guard. It’s always great when they get someone who is quick, smart and articulate.

    My hats off to that Rep. Well done sir!

  44. Tony Bee August 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm -

    Bazinga! Nice one and well-deserved.

  45. gregaus August 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm -

    Good to see someone stand up to Paul Henry’s bullying with the same kind of cheap shot that he usually dishes. Except in this case, the union guy was stating a fact. Ironic that more people will see this YouTube clip than have watched the original interview.

  46. deedeedragons August 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm -

    Bahahahaha! It’s funny cause’ it’s true.

  47. tomothyd August 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm -

    Hahaha nice comeback from the guy!

  48. kerry August 31, 2012 at 2:59 pm -

    crack up! it would have been water off a duck’s back to Paul,nice try.

  49. kimbeth August 31, 2012 at 2:58 pm -

    Surely Paul Henry will be the next ch10 employee to go… So arrogant

  50. Charlie Miso August 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm -

    That YT video to get more views than Breakfast

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