Comedians Peter Helliar and Dave Hughes have made sure the 60 Minutes kidnapping drama isn’t forgotten too soon by taking pot shots at the Nine Network show.
Hughes was first to ridicule the current affairs show during his opening monologue on Nine’s live telecast of the event.
“Channel Nine did their version of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! with 60 Minutes in Beirut,” Hughes told the star-studded audience at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.
It was Helliar’s turn next to make fun of 60 Minutes which was caught up in a botched child kidnapping attempt in Lebanon.
The network reportedly paid $500,000 for the release of reporter Tara Brown and the crew from a Beirut prison.
Helliar was offering advice to teenager Ky Baldwin who won the Graham Kennedy, Breakthrough Star of Tomorrow.
“My advice, your first Logies, don’t drink with (Karl) Stefanovic, don’t dance with (Carrie) Bickmore, and don’t accept a lift home from the ’60 Minutes’ crew, OK.”