Former Weekend Sunrise presenter Andrew O’Keefe was filmed having a screaming meltdown in the back of a police van on Thursday afternoon.
And in an ironic twist of fate, one of the lowest moments of his life led the morning news bulletin on Friday’s edition of the breakfast show he used to host.
Sunrise newsreader Edwina Bartholomew delivered a report on O’Keefe’s arrest at about 6:30am, describing him as a ‘former television presenter’ and ‘former domestic violence campaigner’ but making no reference to his years at Seven.
Andrew O’Keefe’s police van meltdown led Friday’s 6:30am news bulletin on Sunrise – the same breakfast show he used to host – but newsreader Edwina Bartholomew (pictured) made no reference to his career at Channel Seven
‘Former television presenter Andrew O’Keefe has spent the night in a police cell, accused of a shocking attack on a woman at a Sydney apartment,’ she said.
‘The former domestic violence campaigner has been charged with choking, punching and kicking his [alleged] victim.
‘Yesterday, O’Keefe was captured on camera lashing out at journalists from the back of a police van. He will face court this morning.’
While Bartholomew didn’t mention O’Keefe’s 18-year career at Seven, the bulletin included a promo photo from his days hosting The Chase.
While Bartholomew didn’t mention O’Keefe’s 18-year career at Seven, the bulletin included a promo photo from his days hosting The Chase. (O’Keefe is pictured here co-hosting Weekend Sunrise with Samantha Armytage)
O’Keefe, a former intellectual property lawyer, began his television career at Seven in 2003 on the sketch comedy show Big Bite.
He later presented afternoon game show Deal or No Deal from 2003 to 2013, and was co-anchor of Weekend Sunrise from 2005 to 2017.
He would also sometimes fill in for David Koch on the weekday edition of Sunrise.
His last major role at the network was hosting The Chase Australia from 2015 until he was replaced by Larry Emdur in 2021.
O’Keefe, a former intellectual property lawyer, began his television career at Seven in 2003. (He is pictured here with Weekend Sunrise co-host Angela Cox in 2017)
O’Keefe was charged on Thursday over allegations he choked, punched and kicked a woman at his city centre bachelor pad.
Police allege the former TV personality assaulted the 38-year-old woman after meeting her to discuss starting a business together at his unit on Kent Street in the Sydney CBD on Tuesday.
O’Keefe was refused bail on Thursday afternoon and taken away to a police cell, with Daily Mail Australia capturing footage of a handcuffed O’Keefe shouting obscenities and kicking the walls of a police van, telling officers to ‘get rid of the journalists’.
O’Keefe was charged on Thursday over allegations he choked, punched and kicked a woman at his city centre bachelor pad. (Pictured hosting The Chase Australia)
O’Keefe was refused bail on Thursday afternoon and taken away to a police cell, with Daily Mail Australia capturing confronting footage of a handcuffed O’Keefe shouting obscenities and kicking the walls of a police van (pictured above)
‘F*** you, I’m a victim of crime. I’m a victim of crime you f***wits. F*** off,’ he screamed as he repeatedly kicked the windows of the vehicle’s cell.
Police will allege O’Keefe had invited the woman over to his apartment in Sydney’s CBD on Tuesday afternoon to have a business discussion before the meeting turned violent.
‘A verbal argument ensued between the pair, before the man allegedly assaulted the woman – grabbing her by the throat, pushing her to the ground and punching her,’ a police spokesman said.
O’Keefe used to be one of Seven’s biggest stars. (He is pictured here in August 2006 with two ‘briefcase girls’ during his days hosting afternoon game show Deal or No Deal)
O’Keefe then allegedly assaulted the woman a second time by punching and kicking her.
The woman then left the unit and reported the alleged assault on Wednesday, police said.
On Thursday afternoon police confirmed they had charged O’Keefe with two counts of intentionally choking a person without consent, three counts of common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Police have since applied for a provisional apprehended violence order, which would see him barred from approaching, assaulting, threatening, stalking, harassing or intimidating the woman in any way.
In 2017, O’Keefe was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his charity work, namely as chairman of White Ribbon Australia, an organisation whose stated goal is to help eradicate violence against women. (He is pictured here in July 2003)