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Videos of Matty Johns impersonating Don Burke resurface

Footage of rugby league commentator Matty Johns impersonating Don Burke has resurfaced after the television presenter was accused of sexually harassment and bullying by female colleagues.

The Rugby League Videos Facebook page recently posted three skits depicting Mr Johns as gardening guru ‘Don Kirk’, which premiered on The Matty Johns Show on Channel 7 in 2010.

In the skits, ‘Don Kirk’ is seen throwing tantrums and being rude to his camera crew.

   

Footage of rugby league commentator Matty Johns (pictured)  impersonating Don Burke has resurfaced

The television presenter (pictured) has been accused of sexually harassment and bullying by female colleagues

The television presenter (pictured) has been accused of sexually harassment and bullying by female colleagues

In one of the parodies, ‘Don Kirk’ calls Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston a ‘c***’ and repeatedly swears at a cameraman. 

In another skit, former rugby league player and fellow commentator Michael Ennis invites ‘Don Kirk’ into his home.

During their visit, Mr Ennis’ son hits ‘Don Kirk’ in the face with a golf ball, prompting a camera woman to high-five the young boy and offer him $10 to do it again. 

Despite the videos being recorded more than seven years ago, viewers were quick to claim Mr Johns may have known of Burke’s alleged bullying behaviour.

‘I thought of this character when all this came up. I wonder if Matty knew some of the rumours similar to Seth Macfarlane,’ one man wrote in reference to the American comedian’s comments about disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.

‘Maybe Matty knew something back them,’ another man said.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mr Johns for comment.

The Rugby League Videos Facebook page recently posted three skits depicting Mr Johns as gardening guru 'Don Kirk', which premiered on The Matty Johns Show on Channel 7 in 2010

The Rugby League Videos Facebook page recently posted three skits depicting Mr Johns as gardening guru ‘Don Kirk’, which premiered on The Matty Johns Show on Channel 7 in 2010

In the skits, 'Don Kirk' is seen chucking tantrums and being rude to his camera crew

In the skits, ‘Don Kirk’ is seen chucking tantrums and being rude to his camera crew

In one of the parodies, former rugby league player and fellow commentator Michael Ennis' son hits 'Don Kirk' in the face with a golf ball, prompting a camera woman to high-five the young boy and offer him $10 to do it again (pictured) 

In one of the parodies, former rugby league player and fellow commentator Michael Ennis’ son hits ‘Don Kirk’ in the face with a golf ball, prompting a camera woman to high-five the young boy and offer him $10 to do it again (pictured) 

In claims published by the ABC and Fairfax on Monday, dozens of accusers came forward alleging Burke sexually harassed, indecently assaulted and bullied female colleagues over a number of years.

Burke has denied all allegations of sexual harassment and indecent assault against him.

A Current Affair also alleged the disgraced television presenter was banned from flying with Qantas during the peak of his career in the 1990s due to his inappropriate conduct.

The program said Qantas banned him from flying with the airline after he behaved inappropriately towards staff members, which was then reported to management. 

The ban wasn’t permanent, but lasted for a period of time during the 1990s while Burke was at the peak of his career, hosting Burke’s Backyard on Channel Nine. 

Most recently, Channel Nine journalist Alison Piotrowski claimed Mr Burke behaved inappropriately when they worked together at a radio station.

Ms Piotrowski worked with Burke at 2UE in Sydney in the mid to late 2000s.

Ms Piotrowski said she was working on a shift with Burke and was berated by him for turning up late to an outside broadcast because she was caught up by security. 

‘But then half an hour later he came up to me and said that all was forgiven because I had a great a***,’ she told Tracy Grimshaw on Tuesday night.  

Channel Nine journalist Alison Piotrowski claimed Burke made an inappropriate comment to her while she was working with him at radio station 2UE

Channel Nine journalist Alison Piotrowski claimed Burke made an inappropriate comment to her while she was working with him at radio station 2UE

Disgraced television presenter Don Burke was banned from flying with Qantas during the peak of his career due to his inappropriate conduct

Disgraced television presenter Don Burke was banned from flying with Qantas during the peak of his career due to his inappropriate conduct

Ms Piotrowski claimed she reported his behaviour to management, and was told she would no longer have to work with Burke. 

‘I certainly wasn’t the only young female producer that was put in a position like this and there were plenty of other girls that went through far more confronting experiences at 2UE compared to what I experienced,’ she said.

‘A practice actually developed where if you were a young female producer and you didn’t feel comfortable working around Don you wouldn’t be forced to work with him.’

She claimed she never saw Burke disciplined by station management for his behaviour.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted 2UE, now known as Talking Lifestyle, for comment. 

Burke was banned from flying with Qantas during the 1990s due to his behaviour, according to A Current Affair

Burke was banned from flying with Qantas during the 1990s due to his behaviour, according to A Current Affair

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