Bert Newton has responded to a polarising reaction to his Logie Awards speech, in which he joked that Graham Kennedy and Don Lane had mentored young talent in their dressing rooms, and jokingly referred to himself as “an old poof.”
“If I did offend somebody, or anybody, or a lot of people, I apologise – but I can’t promise I wouldn’t do it again because it’s the way I work. Then again I may never work again,” the 79 year old said.
Newton was also quizzed about the jokes by media in the Logies press room.
“It was totally innocent so far as I am concerned,” he told News Corp.
“In fairness these days, everything is jumped on. I am not that sort of person. I didn’t mean anything untoward.”
Newton is synonymous with the Logies and makes rare public appearances of late. Whilst this wasn’t his finest hour, it will be unfortunate if it overshadows his numerous memorable hostings.