The Project host Waleed Aly has won the Gold Logie award for 2016.
He defeated fellow nominees Carrie Bickmore, Essie Davis, Grant Denyer, Scott Cam, and Lee Lin Chin.
“Do not adjust your sets. There’ s nothing wrong with the picture,” he joked referring to comments on his TV fame. “This is happening.
“I think it’s fair to say I never thought I would win a Logie.
“I’m hugely appreciative the audience has thrown me a bouquet.
“But I’m the work experience kid. I’ve been here 5 minutes,” he said before acknowledging the support of the viewers, The Project team and his wife.
Aly won the Gold Logie after a stellar year on television with his editorials attracting international attention. The Project‘s mix of news and comedy has been a success story despite early years of struggling ratings.
“I think it is no coincidence that Carrie and I have been nominated,” he said, “It’s a show that lands in people’s hearts.”
He also spoke about the changing face of television.
“There have been a lot of people who have told me that me being here really matters to them.”
Advocating diversity, he dedicated his win to those with an “unpronounceable name”.
“It matters to them for a particular reason,” he said. “That reason was brought home … not so long ago actually when someone who is in this room, and I’m not going to use the name they use in the industry, came up to me, introduced themselves and said to me, ‘I really hope you win. My name is Mustafa. But I can’t use that name because I won’t get a job’.
“If tonight means anything ..it is that the Australian public, our audience, as far as they’re concerned, there is absolutely no reason why that can’t change.”