There were dancing poodles, cute kids, elderly comedians and Kylie Minogue, but it was Opposition Leader Tony Abbott sitting beside openly gay Entourage star Rex Lee on Red Faces that seemed to encapsulated live television.
Abbott tried hard at being relaxed on the light entertainment show, constantly upstaged by the Hey Hey team with a phony “worm”, funny photos of him and cartoons from Andrew Fyfe. But what else would you expect when attending the show?
Some in the crowd booed his entrance.
He even kept up the smiles as Entourage star Rex Lee dropped several gay references in his judging comments.
When Abbott judged the dancing dogs and said “I love animals,” Lee added, “I love men and I love animals!”
He even repeated it a second time.
Abbott has previously said homosexuality challenges the right order of things.
“I probably feel a bit threatened, as so many people do. It’s a fact of life,” he once told 60 Minutes.
As if Abbott hadn’t already felt upstaged, sour judge Red Symons gave just 1 pt to a quartet of tiny girls, branding them “Untalented” and “Precocious.”