Another blow to Hey Hey it’s Saturday has come in the form of Chooklotto being suspended.
The heyhey.tv website has stopped taking applications and advises: “OFFLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.”
A Nine spokesperson told TV Tonight, “They’re not sure whether Chooklotto will feature as a segment again this year, hence it’s best not to take any more registrations.”
The segment appeared on Wednesday’s show, despite Jacki MacDonald being too unwell to travel to Melbourne and appearing via Skype from her bed. Without MacDonald the segment was a fizzer.
Save for the inclusion of an appearance by the ever-popular MacDonald, Chooklotto is pretty overshadowed by its successor Plucka Duck. The Plucka character and the interaction is much more entertaining (and we don’t really need to make gratuitous gags about Jacki bending over to pick up frozen chickens in 2010 do we?).
Host Daryl Somers recently grumbled about all the permits that were necessary to run Plucka Duck and Chooklotto. Such legal permits would no doubt limit the calling for contestants if the game is not being held, leading to the website notice.
The move will also leave questions about where MacDonald will appear on the show if Chooklotto is chucked. But that can be easily rectified with a quick reshuffle (or dare we suggest a new segment idea?).