In her first day back on radio following a holiday after the Logie Awards, Amanda Keller has responded to Tom Gleeson’s Gold acceptance speech.
While she appreciated his comedy campaign, she was less enthusiastic about Gleeson’s speech.
“Hand on heart, to be nominated, meant a lot to me. It really, really did. And all the support of everyone meant such a big deal to me,” she said on WSFM.
“But this year felt particularly difficult and that’s because of the nature of Tom. He’s a comedian and I get what he was doing, which was trying to subvert the result. Good luck to him, he did. That’s how it goes, and I have no problem at all with that.
“But I think in his speech when he said, ‘Everyone who works in TV, if you want to win this you’re a big w*nker’, pretty much. And that kind of upset me because he was mean to Grant (Denyer) I felt. He said ‘Yeah I won it last year for Grant, and sucko, now I’ve done it on my own for me.’
“That’s not fair to Grant, he won that last year on his own two feet.
“And people who’ve have won in the past… Carrie Bickmore changed the world, she’s raised ten million dollars for brain cancer research. Grant spoke about redemption. Waleed Aly spoke about inclusiveness.
“I get that Tom’s thing is comedy, so he wanted to turn it into a joke, that’s what he wanted to do.
“And I like Tom, we saw him the next day at the airport, you and I. No problem with Tom.
“But (his speech) gave everyone permission to say, ‘Yeah you’re all up yourselves, and this is all a big joke’. And it wasn’t a joke to me,” she insisted.
“I don’t know why in television we’re embarrassed to be proud of our work. The tourism industry has awards, the restaurant industry has awards…”
Keller continued, “He got to a point where he said, ‘Sucko for wanting this, you know it’s all a dumb joke’ — and that’s what made me feel bad, because to the other nominees, it wasn’t.
“We were all worthy, but I don’t think we should be embarrassed for being worthy.”
She added, “I was proud to be nominated.”