Jimmy Kimmel mocks Channel Seven presenters' hot mic rant about Novak Djokovic - and says ALL newsreaders should speak like Rebecca Maddern
The comedian, 54, played the moment on Thursday's episode of his show and joked that 'all news' should be that unfiltered.
'It's a very big story Down Under, and one that led to this exchange on TV news where these anchors were apparently unaware they were on the air,' he said before introducing the clip.
Viral: Rebecca Maddern and Mike Amor's now infamous hot mic rant about Novak Djokovic has made its way to Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the comedian played the clip on Thursday's show
'Why isn't all the news like that? I would watch the news every night,' he laughed.
'"I think he's an a***hole… Now let's check in with Ron in the Channel Nine weather centre,'" he joked.
Seven has enjoyed a ratings uplift following the leaked off-air expletive-laden rant from Rebecca and Mike about tennis star Novak Djokovic.
More viewers tuned in to 7News see if Maddern or Amor would address the leak during the Wednesday 6pm news bulletin - which they did not.
'Why isn't all the news like that?' The comedian, 54, played the moment on Thursday's episode of the show and joked that 'all news' should be that unfiltered
Wednesday night's bulletin saw an increase of 40,000 viewers in comparison to Tuesday night.
The 6pm Wednesday bulletin had 301,000 viewers from across Melbourne tuning in. In comparison, Tuesday's bulletin at 6pm had 261,000.
Seven's 6:30pm news on that same night still retained 291,000 viewers.
The numbers still fell short of Nine News, which usually dominates the TV ratings for news in the major metro cities.
Follow up: More viewers tuned in to 7News see if Maddern or Amor would address the leak during the Wednesday 6pm news bulletin - which they did not
Nine News Melbourne had 322,000 viewers for its 6pm bulletin on Wednesday.
It was still an unexpected boost in viewership for Seven, which is racing to track down the culprit who leaked the rant and possibly report the incident to the police.
Network sources have since accused closed-caption company Ai-Media as being primarily responsible for the leak.
Ai-Media Chief executive Tony Abrahams is now leading an internal investigation into whether Ai-Media was involved in recording or sharing the footage, according to The Australian.
Investigating: Seven is racing to track down the culprit who leaked the rant and possibly report the incident to the police. Network sources have since accused closed-caption company Ai-Media as being primarily responsible
Seven employees have been cleared of any wrongdoing in relation to the leak due to the timestamp visible in the footage, which does not appear on internal Seven video outputs.
On Wednesday, both Seven and Ai-Media sat down for 'high-level discussions' about the incident.
The accused company, Ai-Media, is a caption company that provides closed captions for many Australian TV and streaming networks including Seven and Nine.
They have worked with Seven since 2016.
Serious: On Wednesday, both Seven and Ai-Media sat down for 'high-level discussions'
In the footage, which went viral on Tuesday night, newsreader Rebecca Maddern and veteran broadcaster Mike Amor criticised Djokovic after a court ruled he would be allowed to stay in Australia.
The newsreaders' expletive-laden rant, which appears to have taken place while preparing to present the station's 6pm news program, included Maddern saying: 'Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky a***hole.'
Amor added: 'That's it, I mean he's an a***hole. He got a bulls*** f*****g excuse and then fell over his own f*****g lies. It's just what happens, right, that's what happened.
Maddern has since apologised to her bosses for badmouthing the world No. 1.
Context: The leaked footage, which went viral on Tuesday night, sees newsreader Rebecca Maddern and veteran broadcaster Mike Amor criticising Djokovic after a court ruled he would be allowed to stay in Australia
Djokovic had landed in Australia with a medical exemption from vaccination on the basis he had tested positive to Covid-19 on December 16, but was detained for five days when border force officials denied the exemption.
He has since been released from detention but it is still unclear if he will be able to play in the Australian Open beginning on January 17.
Djokovic could be deported from the country after inconsistencies emerged between his sworn evidence and social media posts.
The Serb's hopes of taking part in the Melbourne tournament are hanging by a thread as more questions are raised about his visa application and Covid-19 vaccine exemption.
Rant: The world No. 1 (pictured) was called a 'lying, sneaky a***hole' in the leaked footage