Actor John Wood has recounted some priceless Blue Heelers war stories in an interview for his new memoir, including when a former Seven boss let rip.
Speaking to news.com.au for his new book, How I Clawed My Way To The Middle, Wood recalls a dinner he and the cast had with the then-CEO of Seven, David Leckie.
“It was pretty horrible,” he said. “I had no opinion of him at all prior to meeting him at a dinner we had. I just found him rude and abrupt and unpleasant.”
Wood claims in the book that Caroline Craig, who played Tess Gallagher, was late to the dinner and Leckie was outraged.
According to Wood, Leckie allegedly said: “Why the f*** are we waiting for her? We’ve sacked the b**ch, haven’t we?”
Wood said: “It upset us all.
“We had no idea that she’d been sacked; we hadn’t a clue.
“It was said in such an unpleasant way. It just showed how little he cared about any of us.”
In 2006 when he won the Gold Logie, Wood’s acceptance speech noted how disappointed he was that the network had axed the show after 12 years.
But he also spotted Leckie who was sitting in the crowd.
“He looked absolutely furious,” Wood recalled. “It looked like he could have killed me if he’d been able to get off his table.”
According to Wood, the network made it clear they were less than impressed with his acceptance speech.
He also recounts other Blue Heelers stories, including thoughts on the death of Maggie Doyle (Lisa McCune).
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