The 61st Logie Awards took place on the Gold Coast on Sunday, and this year’s ceremony was one of the most controversial yet.
From Karl Stefanovic being brutally roasted to Married At First Sight being snubbed, the Logies was full of surprises.
Comedian Tom Gleeson, who took home the Gold Logie, opened the ceremony by ripping on Channel Nine for firing Karl from the Today show.
The best and worst of the Logies: Stunning dresses, fashion fails, surprise winners, MAFS snubs. Pictured: Tom Gleeson, who took home the Gold Logie
‘I think the reason they (the Logies) ask you to do the opening is because Channel Nine has run out of stars,’ he said.
‘They don’t have any left. They have a new rule on breakfast TV, too – if you are too entertaining, they fire you! Am I right Karl. Is Karl here. Where is Karl?’
Just moments later the comedian took another swipe at Karl, this time by roasting his ‘tacky wedding’ to Jasmine Yarbrough.
‘If you are too entertaining they fire you. Am I right Karl?’ Tom made fun of Karl’s sacking on the Today show. (Pictured: Tom Gleeson)
Awkward! Karl Stefanovic (pictured) was shocked and mortified after being roasted by Tom Gleeson at the Logie Awards on Sunday
‘Congratulations to Married At First Sight by the way for their monster ratings. Give them a huge round of applause,’ Tom said.
‘Channel Nine were happy to cash in on your ratings by showing off your tacky weddings and then fired Karl Stefanovic for having one!’
Karl was later the subject of another barb when Kerry O’Brien mentioned the 44-year-old’s highly publicised divorce from Cassandra Thorburn, 48, in 2017.
Legend: Kerry O’Brien (pictured) was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Waleed Aly, and received a standing ovation
Kerry couldn’t help taking a dig at Karl (pictured) saying in jest: ‘My wife warned me tonight not to say how much she had helped me in my career. As Karl Stefanovic had said here at the Logies a few years ago, because it would probably cost him a couple of million’
During his Logies Hall of Fame induction speech, Kerry joked that Karl’s divorce to Cassandra must have cost the host ‘a couple of million.’
Meanwhile, Married At First Sight was surprisingly snubbed all night despite being the highest-rated show on Australian television.
MAFS lost Most Popular Reality Program to Ten’s MasterChef Australia and Most Outstanding Reality Program to Ten’s Australian Survivor.
The Married at First Sight cast were out in force on the red carpet but were big losers on the night. Cameron Merchant (right) and Jules Robinson (left) were in attendance
Controversy doesn’t pay! The reality show was snubbed twice. Pictured: MAFS stars Martha Kalifatidis (right) and Michael Brunelli (left)
No deal! Married at First Sight lost Most Popular Reality Program to Ten’s MasterChef Australia and Most Outstanding Reality Program to Ten’s Australian Survivor. Pictured: MasterChef’s Gary Mehigan
On top of that, the stars of the series were snubbed by the media on the red carpet and forced to watch the ceremony on TV in a dining room out the back of The Star Casino.
The shock of the night however came when Tom Gleeson took home the Gold Logie and ruffled some feathers with a long-winded acceptance speech about his trolling campaign to win the trophy.
During his rambling speech, the funnyman seemed to anger some of his fellow nominees, including Amanda Keller, who shot him an absolute death stare.
Shunned: The MAFS stars were forced to watch the Logies from a TV in a dining room inside The Star Casino after being barred from enjoying the ceremony in the auditorium with the rest of the celebrities
All by themselves: On top of that, the stars of the series were snubbed by the media on the red carpet. This picture shows the media making an exit as Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli pose for photos
Where is everybody? Most of the media appeared to have left as Elizabeth posed for a lonely photographer
‘Just because all of you want it and I’ve got it, don’t get angry with me. It’s alright, you’ll all survive,’ he said as a furious Amanda glared from the audience.
The comedian admitted he’d been ‘drinking heavily’ as he launched into a rambling and awkward rant, saying: ‘There has been a lot of concern that I’m turning this award into a joke. But what you are forgetting is I’m a comedian. I love jokes.
‘This award for me represents a joke, but I love jokes. I really enjoy them. I really think we should all lighten the f**k up. I really do.’
‘I’m turning this award into a joke!’ Tom Gleeson (pictured) swilled wine while launching into profanity-laden acceptance after his Gold Logie win
Raising eyebrows: Tom raved that he deserved the award, ‘Just because all of you want it and I have got it, don’t get angry with me. It is all right. You will all survive’
Not cool: His rival Amanda Keller (pictured) then shot the comedian a death stare, looking very far from impressed
The comic added: ‘The aim of my campaign was just to have fun with the whole thing. Because it all doesn’t really matter. ‘
After further rambling, the Hard Chat host then concluded: ‘I would like to take this as a win for comedy. And taking the p**s and not giving a s**t. I’m taking it as a win for comedy because comedy to me is really important.’
Earlier in the night, the red carpet was filled with glamour, with Kelly Rowland sauntering along with an extravagant entourage that may have been better suited to the Academy Awards.
A-list: Earlier in the night, the red carpet was filled with glamour, with Kelly Rowland sauntering along with an extravagant entourage that may have been better suited to the Academy Awards. Pictured with Delta Goodren
Diva entourage: The songstress, who is a mentor on The Voice, was flanked by three assistants
Help needed! One assistant held the train of her sequinned gown and another was spotted fixing her hair. The third assistant appeared to be overseeing the other two assistants
The songstress was flanked by three assistants, including one who held the train of her sequinned gown and another who was spotted fixing her hair.
The third assistant appeared to be overseeing the other two assistants as they feverishly fussed over their glamorous employer.
Elsewhere, Today Extra host Sonia Kruger suffered a wardrobe malfunction after a cameraman stood on the train of her show-stopping bronze gown.
Looking good: Today Extra Sonia Kruger suffered a wardrobe malfunction
Oops! A cameraman stood on the train of her show-stopping bronze gown (pictured)
Sorry! Sonia managed to keep her composure by smiling throughout the ordeal, while the cameraman apologised profusely for his misstep (pictured)
Sonia managed to keep her composure by smiling throughout the ordeal, while the cameraman apologised profusely for his misstep.
According to an insider, the gaffe even caused surrounding guests to look on in shock.
David Campbell also suffered an unfortunate red carpet incident after he accidentally popped a bottle of Champagne all over the cast of MAFS.
Oh dear! David Campbell also suffered an unfortunate red carpet incident. Pictured with Leila McKinnon
Thar she blows! He accidentally popped a bottle of Champagne all over the cast of Married at First Sight (pictured)
Take cover! Caught in the cross-fire were Martha Kalifatidis and beau Michael Brunelli, who were seen attempting to avoid the spray by jumping backwards (pictured)
According to an onlooker, David was toasting the end of the red carpet arrivals while standing on a podium, but accidentally let out more liquid from the bottle than intended.
Caught in the cross-fire were Martha and beau Michael, who were seen attempting to avoid the spray by jumping backwards.
Meanwhile, Young Sheldon star Iain Armitage was spotted crawling on the red carpet collecting sequins that had fallen off people’s dresses.
Hmm: Meanwhile, Young Sheldon star Iain Armitage(pictured) was spotted crawling on the red carpet collecting sequins that had fallen off people’s dresses