He was once the king of TV, fronting his own popular talk show and winning a handful of Gold Logies in the process.
And as Rove McManus reflected on his career in this week’s TV WEEK, he had a lot to say about the current offerings hitting the airwaves.
Speaking to the magazine for its 60th anniversary celebrations, the 43-year-old took aim at the lack of diversity on TV screens.
‘Without pointing fingers, there are a lot of very similar shows on air,’ Speaking to TV WEEK this week for its 60th anniversary celebrations, Rove McManus (pictured) took aim at the lack of diversity currently on TV
‘Without pointing fingers, there are a lot of very similar shows on air at the moment,’ he told the publication.
The star added that many shows being alike in concept meant that there were holes begging to be filled – including somewhere for celebrities to interviewed.
‘There are, of course, plenty of programs guests can turn up on, but there’s no show dedicated to just that – light entertainment. And I think there’s a hunger for it,’ Rove explained.
‘I think there’s a hunger for it’: Rove (pictured) added there was gap in the market for a light entertainment show where celebrities could be interviewed
A good innings! Rove Live ran from 1999 to 2009 and attracted a host of A-Listers
In the lengthy interview, Rove also reflected on his time hosting Rove Live (later titled simply ‘Rove’) from 1999 to 2009.
Looking back, the comedian recalled being pitted against some of the highest rating shows of the period, including Grey’s Anatomy and The Apprentice and acknowledged the achievement of lasting as long as they did.
‘I can’t say we beat them every time, but we weathered the storm, and to last 10 years was very, very big thing,’ he said.
The show was also a success in terms of talent, launching the careers of now household names such as Carrie Bickmore, Peter Helliar, Hamish Blake and Andy Lee.
Launching pad: Rove Live kick-started the career of household names including The Project’s Carrie Bickmore (left)
Short-lived stint: Rove co-hosted the since-axed Rove & Sam show with The Bachelorette’s Sam Frost (right)
Since his show wrapped in 2009, Rove has embarked on a number of new projects.
As well as co-owning Roving Enterprises – which produces The Project – Rove also hosted a talk show in the US.
He also worked on short-lived radio show Rove & Sam on the Hit Network, which he co-hosted with The Bachelorette’s Sam Frost until it was axed in June this year.
On sale now: For the full interview with Rove McManus and more, pick up a copy of this week’s issue of TV WEEK