Very surprising comments from David Koch regarding Sunrise Executive Producer Michael Pell this week.
After Pell, 27, made a directive that Kochie’s Joke of the Day be ditched, Koch turned to viewers for back-up.
He showed a photo of Pell and his Twitter and email account details -without permission- and triggered viewer reaction.
“They told us he looked like he hadn’t started shaving and should be dispatched to sense of humour rehab,” Koch told News Limited.
“We’re talking about a young whipper-snapper with great ideas here, but he didn’t understand the eight year tradition of joke of the day in this instance. I saw him after the show and by then he had received the wrath of Sunrise viewers – but even then he still wanted to put it to a telephone poll.”
Nice way to treat the boss, even if you are his senior in years.
This contrasts with the way Koch profiled Pell to TV Tonight last September.
“Michael is taking on a top job at an age that Adam (Boland) did when we first started Sunrise.
“It’s not as if you have someone coming in who doesn’t understand what Sunrise is and what we stand for,” says Koch.
“We looked outside because that’s what you should do. You should get the very best. It just confirmed exactly what we thought, we’ve got the best on side already.”
In commenting on the last remarks, Pell was polite: “Sunrise is a family and David and I have the father and son relationship, so there’s always going to be some creative tension.”
Father and son or nephew and embarrasing uncle?