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Kerry-Anne Kennerley has spent nearly a month by the side of her husband, 76 year old John Kennerley after a fall at a golfing evening that caused him to break his neck. Now rumours have it that she has been paid $350,000 to appear on Channel Seven’s Sunday Night tonight to speak about it.

Kennerley is an icon in Australian media, having been a face on our screens solidly from 1967 to 2013. She is famous for her role on Good Morning Australia on Network Ten, Midday on Channel 9 and most recently moved worked with Seven. She has been an occasional guest presenter for Sunday Night in recent years. The SMH reports that Kennerley will receive the payment as a one-off and that she is not contracted to any network at this time.

Her face, in the public eye has always been immaculately presented, and yet Australians feel her humanity and personality more then many other media presenters, so this horrifying accident has touched people across the country.

The shorts of Sunday Night show a Kerri-Anne with little make-up, cut as what is being called a “deeply personal exclusive”.

Her quote in the short says it all…

“I wake up thinking what a shocking nightmare that was … only that it wasn’t a nightmare … it’s real,”

Kerry-Anne Kennerley’s Manager has been reported by the media to have been inundated with offers to interview her since day one of the ordeal. She has apparently held off until his condition had stabilised a bit.
John is believed to have to remain on a ventilator for the rest of 2016 after his fall on flat grass caused fractures in his C2 and C3 vertebrae. He can only communicate by blinking or through the use of an alphabet board.

Television crews have been attending the Intensive Care Unity of the Royal North Shore Hospital to film the interview and leave some raising eyebrows and making judgements.    In fact there has been a significant amount of criticism thrown at the star by media and the general public for the $350,000 fee which is one of the largest in recent media times.  We’ll leave that role for others and wish John and Kerri-Anne a safe recovery with all our best wishes.  It will be important, if John makes it through this next stage for them to have money for the round-the-clock nursing and rehabilitation that will no doubt fill the remainder of his days.

The interview appears tonight at 8.30pm on Channel Seven.


Below, a picture of the pair taken just before the incident on the golf course.

I hope everyone had a fabulous time at #mardigras 🍭🎉🌈 #mardigras2016 @bonvillegolfresort

A photo posted by Kak 💁 (@kerriannekennerley) on

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  1. I certainly don’t begrudge Kerry-Anne the money she will receive. It seems John is going to require a lot of very expensive care in the future. My thoughts are with them 🙂

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    • I agree totally. I wish them well and ho0pe that there is some progress in John’s health.

  2. It doesn’t matter who they are, John and Kerry-Anne have been dealt a cruel blow. Why shouldn’t she be paid to help fund the care he’s going to need from now on. I feel so very sorry for them. No one, no matter how famous should have to endure this. There but for the Grace of God goes our daughter. We were lucky, John not so. All the best to them.

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    • I agree with you Wendy and there for the Grace of God goes our son. Had we been left in the same position I would have done anything I could to get the money for his care. I am glad Kerry-Anne has the opportunity to earn money to help then through this dreadful time. My thoughts are with them.

  3. *Anyone* in the same circumstances would do what ever it takes! Wouldn’t it be lovely to have at home, with 24/7 nursing and care. That would take *millions* and if Kerry-Anne could she would! Who of us wouldn’t, for someone we loved?!
    Anyone who criticises, I’d say walk 20 metres in her shoes , then get back! All the very best !

  4. This is definitely one time when I would not begrudge a person for receiving payment for a view into their personal life. Having fought through months of the agony of watching someone I love dearly fight for their life, I have empathy for her need of financial help needed to assist in keeping her love one with her.

  5. We should never judge anyone, we are not in their shoes! No amount of money will alleviate their suffering, but if it helps to make John more comfortable, and Kerry-Anne feel she is doing all that is humanely possible. Go for it!

  6. There are always the knockers
    That want to cut the tall poppy down
    If they were in her shoes they would do the same
    Why because of who she is ,should she not except the fee
    Chin up Kerri-ANNE and tell them to go to hell
    Blessing to. You both

  7. They should leave her alone . Can’t they see what she is goung through. If the want aninterview that bad that they will pay that much the onus is on the channel not her. Any way she will need it. Bless Kerry I don’t know how you are going to keep going but I am sure you will.

  8. Kerry-Anne and John are some of the most wealthiest people in Australia, even though he has been injured his Pool company keep on racking the dough, he would have top health cover, I do feel sorry for her . it is sad when the love of your life is ill, as many in Australia will testify,but to be paid that much money is downright rude

  9. A tragedy – but if you’re not a ‘celebrity’ you won’t get this type of attention. My father died last year – can I get $350,000 to talk about it?
    Dave from Darwin

  10. I feel sorry for them of course. They are wealthy enough to look after themselves. There are hundreds of people in similar situations who don’t get that kind of help. Our crippled Diggers hardly get help like that, missing arms legs etc.

  11. They will need so much help and every bit of money will help they are on a very emotional and stressful journey and i wish them nothing but kind thoughts

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