Richard Wilkins left red-faced after accidentally declaring music icon had died

Richard Wilkins has done it again. After miss-reporting in 2009 that actor Jeff Goldblum had died, this morning Richard accidentally
Karl and Lisa couldn't hold back the laughs after Richard's slip of the tongue.

Richard Wilkins has done it again. After miss-reporting in 2009 that actor Jeff Goldblum had died, this morning Richard accidentally claimed that The Eagles founding member Don Henley was dead.

Richard was doing an interview with Australian music icon Mushroom Records co-founder Michael Gudinski when the conversation turned to the stars we’ve lost this year.

While running off a few names, like David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen, Dickie – as he is affectionately known – added Henley to the list.

He was quickly corrected by Karl, who can be heard saying off camera, “Don Henley didn’t die, Dickie” before being overcome with a fit of the giggles.

Michael, who is currently promoting Henley’s tour seemed less than impressed by the call and interjected, “Don Henley’s well alive, I can assure you”.

While he tried to carry on with the interview he was continuously interrupted by Karl, Lisa and newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys who couldn’t stop laughing loudly over the top of him.

“Dickie’s killed another one!” Karl can be heard saying, while Richard tersely claimed, “it was a slip of the tongue”.

Michael seemed to give up after a while, unable to get a word in over the laughter.

While many could see the funny side and laughed along with them, some fans took to social media to blast the co-hosts for their behaviour.

“#TodayShow on 9. How rude was Karl & Lisa when Michael was trying, I repeat trying to talk about Don Henley. Grow up. [sic],” one wrote.

While we’re all partial to a slip of the tongue sometimes, do you think it was rude of Karl, Lisa and Sylvia to interrupt the interview? Or was this actually hilarious?

  1. Jan Boyle  

    The Today show hosts are always too full of there own importance, especially Karl. Disappointed in Lisa and Sylvia though.I am all for some fun but not at the expense of the guests.

  2. C stewart  

    The Today Show hosts really are out of line and a pair of has beens. About time to cut some new contracts with some up and coming interesting faces. Enough is enough – the whole show needs overhauling. I don’t watch it because it is so dated and they repeat the same stories over and over each day. There are other channels doing breakfast withe better content than those clowns!

  3. Helen  

    This is the reason I only watch this show for the first half hour or so. I catch up on the news and then switch off. Karl is an ignorant twit and has no talent! It IS time for the show to be overhauled and maybe some fresh blood.

  4. Kristeen Skingle  

    I think it was rude.. sometimes they behave like children especially Karl. Not very professional at all maybe he needs a career change, clown springs to mind

  5. Maris  

    Wilkins’ not only an idiot, but a rude, ignorant p@&$- into the bargain!

    One NYE, he was interviewing Sir Ian McKellen, who was in Sydney performing in play, ‘Waiting for Godot’.

    Wilkins’ spotted someone else he knew, & just left, literally mid-sentence, & walked off leaving Sir Ian ‘high & dry’, so to speak!

    How rude to do that to anyone, let alone a Knight!

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  8. Shirley Prescott  

    These reporters/tv hosts should think before they speak.
    They are constantly butting in when doing interviews.
    They seem to think they have the right.
    I think 9 should look at getting new presenters for the morning show as this lot are getting to outspoken and boring.

  9. shame Richard wilkins didn’t do his research better ,if he can’t get the facts right he should be sacked .as for the other three clowns if this is the way they act they also need to look for a new job (perhaps try cleaning toilets that might be funny ) GROW UP ALL FOUR SO CALLED PREFESIONALS. very bad manners

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