Sunrise SHOCKER: Aussies vow to BOYCOTT breakfast show after presenter made a ‘sickening’ joke about top cricketer dying – and even her co-hosts were not impressed: ‘That’s not funny’
- Sunrise reporter Mylee Hogan presented segment on twisted TikTok fad
- Cruel craze sees kids video their parents being told a celebrity has died
- Report was ended by Sunrise co-hosts for interview with Glenn McGrath
- But before show cut to talk, Hogan blurted out: “Glenn McGrath is dead’
Shocked viewers have slammed new Sunrise host Mylee Hogan for her sick joke that cricketer Glenn McGrath had died during a segment on a twisted TikTok fad.
The cruel craze on the social media platform sees children video their parents’ horrified reaction when they’re falsely told a favourite celebrity has died suddenly.
Hogan – granddaughter of Australian icon Paul Hogan – gleefully reported on the viral trend on Wednesday before stand-in host Mark Beretta ended the report early.
‘That could be the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen,’ Beretta blasted. ‘I don’t like it at all. We shouldn’t be running that. Get it off. Get it off now.’
But as Beretta moved on to talk to former Australian fast bowler McGrath about the Boxing Day Test, Hogan blurted out: ‘Glenn McGrath is dead!’
Shocked viewers have slammed new Sunrise reporter Mylee Hogan (pictured) for her sick joke that cricketer Glenn McGrath had died during a segment on a twisted TikTok fad
The comment, which was off-camera but clearly heard, prompted an angry reaction from Beretta and co-host Edwina Bartholomew.
‘Don’t even…that’s not funny,’ said Bartholomew as Hogan laughed. Beretta added: ‘I don’t get that at all. It’s so not funny.’
Stern-faced Bartholomew apologised to viewers immediately, adding: ‘It’s not funny. Sorry.’
The show then went on to interview McGrath – whose wife Jane died in 2008 from breast cancer – about day three of the Second Test against South Africa.
Stand-in host Mark Beretta (right) ended the report early while stern-faced Edwina Bartholomew apologised to viewers for Hogan’s unfunny outburst
It prompted a furious reaction from some viewers who vowed to boycott the show if Hogan remained onscreen.
‘We will not be watching Sunrise any more if that girl with the black hair is reading the news again,’ one fan of the show posted on Facebook.
‘Please remove that girl from Channel 7 – we will feel sick every time we see her face.
‘She made a comment about Glenn McGrath dying and laughed. Doesn’t she know that Glenn’s first wife Jane died tragically from breast cancer?
Hogan blurted out “Glenn McGrath is dead’ just before the show cut to an interview with the Australian fast bowler whose wife Jane died of breast cancer in 2008
‘It won’t matter if she apologises, in her mind she has done nothing wrong. How immature and insensitive she is.’
Another viewer tweeted: ‘Terrible, terrible, tasteless “joke”, pranking people that someone has died, especially when next guest has lost a wife. Please don’t air again.’
Hogan had earlier played clips of TikTok videos showing the dramatic reactions of parents being told fake news of the death of stars like Zac Efron and Oprah Winfrey.
‘Some people think the over-the-top reactions are funny, others think it’s a cruel joke,’ said Hogan.
She added while laughing: ‘I personally think this is really funny, guys! Just a bit of fun!’
But she was immediately brought to heel by the co-hosts on the Sunrise desk who ordered the news report to stop there.
‘I think this shows the generation divide, because Beretts doesn’t think it’s funny at all,’ added Bartholomew.
Viewers also were also outraged by the segment and took to social media to voice their anger.
‘We thought it was disgusting,’ posted Kelvin Mills on the show’s Facebook page.
‘Have a look on the faces in her story when people were told of these fake deaths, they were distraught.
‘Yes, these people were then told that it was fake news, but that wouldn’t easily remove the sick feeling in their stomachs.
‘She is obviously too young to have had death around her.’
Viewers also were also outraged by the segment and took to social media to voice their anger
One user added: ‘You’re not wrong – that is sickening. This is what I call offensive.’
Another posted: ‘I agree totally, that was awful, Beretts was appalled as well. She kept going and laughing. Back to anything off screen for her.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Sunrise for comment.