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Graham Kennedy Show, The

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Considered by many as the ‘King’ of Australian television, Graham Kennedy established himself on the ground-breaking prime time variety show In Melbourne Tonight launched on GTV-9 in 1957.

From there he was given the golden opportunity on special Friday night editions to host The Graham Kennedy Show and the rest is history.

Graham was supported on the show by the likes of Bert Newton, Rosemary Margan and Pete Smith and an array of entertaining guests (including early sightings of Ossie Ostrich and Daryl Somers).

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On 3 March 1975, nearly 1000 people phoned Channel 9 in Australia to complain about a Monday night edition of The Graham Kennedy Show. Graham had used the word “faaaaaark” during a live Cedel Hairspray commercial. He claimed it was an impersonation of a crow call.

He was asked by the broadcasting board to defend his actions. When he refused, he was banned from performing live to air and resigned from Channel 9.

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