Bert Newton has given an interview with Woman’s Day to mark 10 years since the passing of the legendary Don Lane.
Newton has nothing but kind words for the lanky Yank whom he says saved his career.
Newton was without a regular TV gig after Graham Kennedy quit his nightly show. But out of the blue, Don called with an offer to be his sidekick for The Don Lane Show.
“We’d never worked together before, but the moment those cameras came on, we clicked. Working with Don was magic. Actually, Channel Nine didn’t want me to do Don’s show. I’d been so associated with Graham Kennedy, they were looking for someone else, but Don insisted,” he explains.
The Don Lane Show ran twice weekly from 1975 to 1983, renowned for the chemistry of two TV stars.
“Don was such a generous performer, he didn’t care who got the laughs so long as they were there. Don was an all-rounder – he could sing, had a great sense of comedy and he was a terrific interviewer.”
He added, “I miss him terribly. Looking back at the fun we had, literally falling off couches in floods of laughter, mixing it up with showbiz greats like Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jnr and Debbie Reynolds… there will never be another Don Lane. He was my TV bestie.”
Don Lane died on 22nd October 2009.
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