EXCLUSIVE: Outspoken commentator Steve Price will attend the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade for the very first time as a guest of The 7PM Project.
The former Sydney radio host recently appeared on the TEN show and made a dismissive comment on the Parade during a discussion on the demise of the Rock Eisteddfod:
Dave Hughes: $4m bucks is quite a bit of money though. I had no idea it cost that much.
Steve Price: Well how much money does the New South Wales government toss into the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras that no-one wants to watch?
Dave Hughes: I have no idea…
Charlie Pickering: Maybe for an event we put the Eisteddfod up against the Mardi Gras and see who’s got the best dancers?
Dave Hughes: Don’t tell me you don’t go to that Mardi Gras?
Steve Price: Uhhh… no.
The remark sparked an angry response from viewers of the show. On The 7PM Project‘s own website, over 150 comments have debated the moment under the thread “Should they get rid of the homophobic Steve Price?”
Rachel763 said: “Absolutely get rid of him. I nearly fell off my chair when he said that. I hope the dead silence from the rest of the panel after he said it made him feel suitably ashamed of his bigoted views.”
Bel777 said: “The contempt in his voice when he said that about the Mardis Gras was ridiculous. Shaft the idiot.”
Stevepriceisare said: “Switched off immediately afterwards. If the rest of the panel cant be bothered acknowledging the remark than they are just as bad.”
Caseynorm said: “The 7pm Project would be making a big mistake if they were to invite Steve Price back to the show. He has displayed his appalling views now and someone needs to remind him it is 2010.”
Jamesmatthews10 said: “Tonight was the first time I have actually watched the 7pm Project. I have to say I’m not impressed. Within the first 10 minutes I felt insulted by Channel 10.”
In response the fury, producers of The 7PM Project have since invited Price to attend the parade to see the event this Saturday night for himself.
TV Tonight understands Price has accepted. Will it change his outlook at all?
He will be joined by other TEN personalities for footage to be shown early next week.