He’s considered ‘King of the Logie Awards’, having hosted industry’s night of nights 19 times.
And in an interview with News Corp, Bert Newton stated that the event’s successors, should feel supported and not criticised by their peers.
‘They have made it into a blood sport,’ the 78-year-old stated.
‘They have made it into a blood sport’: Bert Newton (pictured), 78, told News Corp that hosts of the Logie Awards should be supported by their peers and not criticised
‘I don’t think it is the most comforting feeling (for any upcoming host) knowing they are out to get you,’ Bert admitted.
‘When I compered the Logies I would relish that in the audience were peers such as Graham Kennedy, Don Lane, Tommy Hanlon Jnr, Bob Dyer, Hector Crawford and Reg Grundy.
‘They were all willing me on and wanting it to succeed. They were with me all the way,’ he continued to explain.
Having his say: ‘I don’t think it is the most comforting feeling (for any upcoming host) knowing they are out to get you,’ Bert admitted
Support: ‘They were all willing me on and wanting it to succeed. They were with me all the way,’ he continued to explain of his peers in the audience
Bert, a theatre performer, entertainer and television presenter, hosted the Logie Awards solo, 19 times in total from 1968 to 2010.
Past hosts criticised over their performance have included Gretel Killeen in 2009 and Wendy Harmer back in 2002.
For Gretel, peers did not hold back with The Age declaring ‘host dies on stage’ and TV Tonight stating that some ‘gags fell flat’.
Savage: Host of the 2009 Logie Awards Gretel Killeen was criticised for her performance, with The Age declaring in a publication: ‘host dies on stage’
Carnage: While 2002 host Wendy Harmer described the experience the following day as ‘like cutting off your arm with a blunt chainsaw’
Comedian Wendy Harmer, who hosted the annual event in 2002, described the gig to former Green Guide editor Ross Warneke the following day, as ‘like cutting off your arm with a blunt chainsaw.’
Meanwhile, last year’s host Dave Hughes kicked off the opening speech in a rather controversial fashion.
Not letting anyone off the hook, the comedian teased Shane Warne over his love life and likened a 60 Minutes saga to an episode of reality series I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
Dave will reprise his role as host for Sunday night’s awards ceremony.
Spotlight: Comedian Dave Hughes will host Sunday night’s Logie Awards