‘Do we pull him off the show?’
THE executive producer of Studio 10 has opened up about the best and worst guests they've had on the show.
Rob McKnight has been in charge of the Channel 10 show ever since it launched back in November 2013.
As the show celebrates its 1000th episode today, McKnight told news.com.au about his top three favourite celebrity guests and the three that weren't so great, including a comedian he seriously considered pulling off the show halfway through.
THREE BEST STUDIO 10 GUESTS OF ALL TIME
• "My number one is Paula Abdul," McKnight said.
"She was out here shooting So You Think You Can Dance Australia, had the TV on one morning, saw Studio 10 and said, 'I want to go on that show'."
The Grammy winner personally called McKnight and offered up her services, which of course he accepted.
"She came on once a week for the eight weeks she was out here shooting and she was fantastic," he said.
"She was up for anything and couldn't have been a nicer person behind the scenes. She was not a tantrum throwing diva."
• Second on McKnight's list of best guests is The Bold and the Beautiful star, Katherine Kelly Lang.
"We have developed a close relationship with the stars of The Bold and the Beautiful," he said, "they have been very generous with their time but none more so than her".
"What I love about this lady is that we're a crazy little show and we've done piss-take skits of B&B which she has happily taken part in. But the thing that has impressed me the most is when we did the Happy Happy Fun Game Challenge where a bucket of pancake mixture was poured over her head. Can you think of many Hollywood stars that would allow you to poor that over their head? I can't think of too many."
• McKnight's third favourite guest from the past 1000 episodes of Studio 10 was a bit of a "personal indulgence".
"I'm a big Doctor Who fan and early on in the show we got given the opportunity to interview the fifth Doctor, Peter Davison," he told news.com.au.
"I indulged completely and not only did we have him on the show, but I actually did the interview with Sarah [Harris]. I never should have done it, it's terrible, it's pathetic, but I will say, it was our highest rating episode that year so I always refer to it as the 'McKnight spike'."
• The Executive Producer also wanted to give an honourable mention to two other excellent guests.
"Patti Newton came on our show recently when we were doing a big Good Morning Australia special and I tell you, anytime I gave her a little message in her ear, she was a true
professional and she ended up hosting the show in parts because she was taking better direction than the normal hosts."
And McKnight also praised Opposition Leader Bill Shorten who came onto the show without any limitations on what he was willing to do or speak about.
THREE WORST STUDIO 10 GUESTS OF ALL TIME
• As far as bad guests go, McKnight told news.com.au they don't come much worse than a certain "camp English comedian".
"He was one of the worst guests we've ever had on the show. He didn't get the format of the show at all. Five minutes into our Hot Topics segment he turned to the camera and said, 'I think we'll take a commercial break now.' The other hosts were like, 'ah, no, we've still got a few more Hot Topics'."
McKnight said that 99 per cent of guests who come on Studio 10 have a great time but added, "I can honestly say that he did not".
• The second worst guest of all time was also a male comedian who unfortunately just wasn't that funny.
"He's an Australian comedian who is well known for his records and his limericks," McKnight said.
"He was desperately trying to be funny and the studio audience were not reacting to him in the slightest and he ended up yelling at the audience, 'what's wrong with you? This is funny!'"
It got so bad that McKnight seriously considered asking the guest to leave.
"It was the one and only time that I've honestly thought, do we pull this guest off the show halfway through?" he said.
"Ultimately we saw it through and the other hosts were trying to do the right thing by him and I went and spoke to him ... but there are times with some guests where it just doesn't work. And that's live TV, you don't get a second go."
• The third worst guest never actually appeared on Studio 10.
"We're talking about a pint-sized Australian singer and this guest basically cancelled on us at the very last minute and went to a competitor's show," McKnight recalled.
"This was in the early days of Studio 10 and we were shocked because we had the booking and couldn't believe that they'd actually dare to do that."
McKnight had a heated phone call with the singer's management and warned, "if you go through with this ... we will never have that person on Studio 10 for as long as we exist".
"Their management laughed in our face and they went on the competitors show and I can honestly say 1000 episodes in that we have never had that person on our show and we never will, despite their management approaching us many, many times to have them on," McKnight said.
"We're a show of our word."
Studio 10 airs from 8.30am to midday each weekday on Channel Ten