Hamish Blake has won the Gold Logie for 2012.
Blake defeated Karl Stefanovic, Carrie Bickmore, Asher Keddie, Esther Anderson and Adam Hills.
Blake said it was “donkey voting” that got him over the line.
“It is lovely. It was a fluke to be nominated and … a far bigger fluke to actually hold that Logie,” he said.
But the win was not without controversy with the Herald Sun publishing the news before it had been televised on Nine.
In an article published online just after 10pm before being pulled from the website, but it wasn’t enough to stop it spreading like wildfire through Twitter.
The publication contravenes terms agreed to by attending media. There were reports that Herald Sun journalists were evicted from the Media Room.
Even Logie organisers sent out the Gold winner at 11:59pm, ahead of its broadcast at 12:12am.
The Herald Sun said, “The error occurred during live testing of the Herald Sun’s new iPad application which is due for release in coming weeks.
“Live testing has been taking place for about a week.
“At no time did the Herald Sun publish the name of the winner on its website, iPad app or in Twitter.
“However, during the live testing, a link to an embargoed story naming the winner was momentarily created and published by Google.
“The link was discovered almost as soon as it had been created and immediately killed.
“The only media outlet to knowingly publish the winner’s name prior to it being announced was ninemsn.com.au – the website of the host broadcaster.”
It wasn’t the first time a leak had occurred, with winners previously discussed on Twitter ahead of the delayed broadcast.
But the leak won’t dampen the celebrations for Hamish Blake, who begins filming Hamish and Andy’s Euro Gap Year soon.
“It’s incredibly humbling to be here,” he said.
“As my first act, as your president, my man slaves One Direction thankyou.”