Brisbane radio host David ‘Luttsy’ Lutteral (pictured, right) has implied True Story with Hamish & Andy was his idea.
He claimed he told Andy Lee in 2014 about his concept Cracking Yarns which had begun filming with Channel Nine, but was not completed.
“I’ve read the press release blurb for (True Story and it) is word for word the concept that I told Andy in 2014 in December,” he told fellow NOVA presenters Ashley Bradnam and Kip Wightman.
“Ash, you were part of the pilot we did,” Luttsy said. “I’d half shot that pilot and then other things have taken over so I haven’t actually completed it.”
But a Nine spokesman has denied the claims, stating: “Radio Karate have confirmed that the format for the program True Story with Hamish & Andy was conceived, and was in development by Radio Karate, over a year before Andy and Luttsy met for a drink in New York.”
True Story with Hamish & Andy is created and produced by Tim Bartley, Hamish Blake, Andy Lee and Ryan Shelton.
Hamish Blake recently told TV Tonight the idea was developed after taking a break from Gap Year.
“Essentially it came back to ‘What do we love doing the most?’” he replied.
“We were challenging ourselves to think of the simplest answer to that question. For us it was hearing someone tell a funny, true story. That’s definitely something that sings to us.
“Even Gap Year in a way was meeting people who were making their own fun, but the realness of it was what we were hooked on.
“Is it 5 people just talking to us? But over time the idea began to metamorphasize with something that was a little bit scripted.”
Last night the show topped the ratings, but drew mixed reviews on social media.
Source: News Corp