Was he channelling Les Patterson? Hugh Hefner? Charlie from Charlie’s Angels?
As TV interviews go, 7:30‘s John Laws interview last night with Leigh Sales was about as bizarre as they come.
The veteran broadcaster was there to comment on Alan Jones’ attack on Julia Gillard and the fleeting apology that followed.
Leigh Sales did her level best to keep a straight face as an overly-relaxed Laws swirled a glass of something brown in between the questions.
“It was careless, and I think he admits that, it was hasty and I think he admits that and it was cruel – I’m not sure he admits that,” Laws said of his old rival, Jones.
“Look, we all make mistakes. I mean you’re looking at one of the great mistake-makers of the world. We all make mistakes and he made a mistake there. I’m not… I don’t want to appear to be sympathetic or harsh on Alan. What he says is his business, and if he really believed that was a proper thing to say then that was his decision. I think it was very, very unfortunate and I really don’t think that… I don’t think that Alan or John or any of us would like somebody to say that our deceased parents died because they were ashamed of us. I think it’s a pretty bad thing to say.”
Yet the more the interview went on, the more it became less about Laws’ words as his appearance and his manner.
Twitter lit up with all sorts of parody comments:
“Who’s ya daddy”
“Is that (a) glass of Valvoline John Laws is holding @abc730 ? #knowwhatimean”
“So is John Laws the new Corey Worthington? #abc730”
“All that was missing was a white cat and a large cigar. #abc730”
“Chris Lilley has outdone himself #abc730”
“John Laws interview on #abc730 directed by Mike Myers? Absolute classic. Congrats to all involved.”
Asked if he was feeling quite moderate towards a rival broadcaster, Laws told Sales, “Do you want me to get angry? If you want me to get angry, I’ll get angry. I’m a performer, you tell me what you want me to do.”
By the end Sales thanked Laws for making the time for the interview, prompting him to ask, “Did you enjoy it?”
“I did enjoy it, did you?” she answered.
“I loved every minute,” chuckled Laws.
Les Patterson? Hugh Hefner? No it’s pretty clear to me.
It was Frank Thring back from beyond the grave.