Sunrise star’s brutal swipe at Matt Doran on live TV shocks her co-host – after cops were called when he went vanished on a job
- Matt Doran’s co-host makes snide comment live on-air
- Comes after high-profile presenter went missing on the job
- He had been covering wedding bus crash in the Hunter Valle
A Sunrise host has taken a brutal swipe at embattled presenter Matt Doran after he famously went missing during a work assignment.
Weekend presenter Sally Bowrey made the comment during a segment with Monique Wright, moments after Doran presented a segment about the new Channel Seven headquarters on Sunday morning.
‘I wonder if Matt’s going to come back for the last 20 minutes of the program,’ Wright asked.
Bowery joked back, saying: ‘I’m always wondering if Matt’s going to come back,’ she replied with a laugh.
The loaded comment comes after Doran sparked a frantic police search after he disappeared during a work assignment in the Hunter Valley in June.
Sunrise host Monique Wright was left shocked by the comment
The star reporter had been sent to cover the wedding bus crash that claimed the lives of 10 people but failed to show up for his 5:30am shift on June 13.
Insiders said when producers went to look for Doran in his Singleton hotel, knocks on his door when unanswered.
The high-profile crime reporter was last seen speaking to members of the Singleton community on Monday afternoon at a local football ground.
‘He seemed distracted when he was interviewing. He didn’t want to be there,’ the source told Daily Mail Australia.
Earlier, locals had seen Doran leaving the home of newly married couple Mitchell Gaffney and Maddy Edsell, whose wedding was at the centre of the tragedy.
Doran, 40, was seen running through the depths of the Martin Place studio while pausing to look inside people’s lockers and the women’s change-rooms during a segment on Monday
When the reporter failed to answer calls, texts and emails ahead of his scheduled appearance on Sunrise on Tuesday, a producer went to check his hotel room.
Worried colleagues contacted police, who issued a missing persons alert.
Doran was eventually found at a nearby café and was swiftly replaced by his colleague Liam Tapper on air.
NSW Police told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Earlier today officers from Port Stephens Hunter Police District received a concern for welfare report for a 40-year-old man.
‘Officers conducted inquiries and located a man a short time later. There is no further police action.’
It’s understood Doran’s wife Kendall Bora, an executive producer for Nine’s Today show, abruptly left work to head to the area to search for her husband.
The loaded comment comes after Doran sparked a frantic police search after he disappeared during a work assignment in the Hunter Valley in June
Insiders have suggested several factors could have contributed to his troubling behaviour, with one stating Doran may have struggled with the confronting nature of the wedding bus crash tragedy.
Doran took several weeks of personal leave after he vanished in the Hunter Valley and was reportedly spending time at home ‘prioritising his health’.
He was replaced by his colleague Michael Usher on Weekend Sunrise.
Doran, who started his career as a police reporter at the Herald Sun, joined Seven in 2017 after spending almost eight years in Network Ten’s newsroom.
Two years later, he was promoted to his current role as co-host of Weekend Sunrise, alongside Monique Wright, after intermittently filling in for weekday host David Koch.