“The Logies Have Lost All Credibility!” Tom Gleeson Wins Gold Logie (Tells Everyone To “Lighten The F@ck Up”)

“The Logies Have Lost All Credibility!” Tom Gleeson Wins Gold Logie (Tells Everyone To “Lighten The F@ck Up”)
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Hard Quiz host and comic, Tom Gleeson, has won the 2019 Gold Logie which he later joked he planned to turn into a tow bar for his Holden Monaro.

Announced last night (see the full list of winners at the bottom of this article), Gleeson’s win has been marred after pundits claimed he didn’t deserve Australian TV’s highest honour and there were more deserved recipients.

Gleeson – who was favourite with the bookies to win the Gold – won from a field that included 10’s Amanda Keller, Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis, Neighbour’s Eve Morey, Doctor Doctor’s Rodger Corser, Sunrise’s Sam Mac and previous Gold recipient, Waleed Aly.

However, Gleeson was having none of the criticism of his win, using his eight-minute long acceptance speech to tell his detractors to “lighten the fuck up”.

During the speech, fellow Gold nominee, Amanda Keller (below), and even Gleeson’s wife, Ellie Parker, were seen squirming in their seats with media reporting Keller was so unimpressed she was seen giving Gleeson “death stares”.

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Gleeson began: “Just because all of you want it and I’ve got it, don’t get angry with me. It’s alright, you’ll all survive. It’s a shame this is the last Gold Logie that’s ever going to be handed out – according to Grant Denyer, I’ve ruined the Logies. But at least I won this all by myself.

“Turns out I’m just really good at manipulating the media into doing things for me. Which, if you think about it, is why we’re all here,” he continued.

“There’s been a lot of concern that I’m turning this award into a joke. This award has done a lot of great things for a lot of different people. In the past it has represented trying to get more diversity on the screen or launching charities and that’s fantastic. But for me it represents a joke, but I love jokes. I really enjoy them. I really think we should all lighten the fuck up.”

“The aim of my campaign was just to have fun with the whole thing. Because it all doesn’t really matter. It really doesn’t matter.

“We can have fun and just be entertaining. People get concerned about people campaigning for the award. Is that legitimate? Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know. But it is social media. It is just media. I’m just trying to be entertaining through the media. Do you know what would have been weirder? If I campaigned for this award sincerely. That would have been worse. Imagine me just sincerely saying I was humbled by the award. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself. It would make me want to vomit.

“I’m taking it as a win for comedy because comedy to me is really important,” Gleeson railed.

He then dedicated the win to his favourite charity “Ticketmaster.com.au”.

Gleeson concluded: “If you go there you can buy tickets to my show at the Opera House. I would really like to see you there.”

And Gleeson’s win appears to have divided social media, with detractors claiming the annual event had “lost all credibility”, while Gleeson fans said his win was exactly what the dour event needed. Check out some of the rage (and praise below):

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The full list of nominees and winners for 2019 are below (winners are underlined and in bold). For the record, the ABC was this year’s most awarded broadcaster:

TV WEEK GOLD LOGIE FOR MOST POPULAR PERSONALITY ON AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION
Amanda Keller (The Living Room / Dancing With The Stars)
Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia)
Eve Morey (Neighbours)
Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor)
Sam Mac (Sunrise)
Tom Gleeson (Hard Quiz)
Waleed Aly (The Project)
MOST POPULAR ACTOR
Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road)
Guy Pearce (Jack Irish)
Luke McGregor (Rosehaven)
Ray Meagher (Home And Away)
Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor)
Ryan Moloney (Neighbours)
MOST POPULAR ACTRESS
Asher Keddie (The Cry)
Celia Pacquola (Rosehaven)
Deborah Mailman (Bite Club/Mystery Road)
Eve Morey (Neighbours)
Jenna Coleman (The Cry)
Marta Dusseldorp (A Place To Call Home/Jack Irish)
MOST POPULAR PRESENTER
Amanda Keller (The Living Room / Dancing With The Stars)
Carrie Bickmore (The Project)
Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia)
Julia Morris (Blind Date / I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! / Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway)
Tom Gleeson (Hard Quiz)
Waleed Aly (The Project)
GRAHAM KENNEDY AWARD FOR MOST POPULAR NEW TALENT
Bonnie Anderson (Neighbours)
Courtney Miller (Home And Away)
Dylan Alcott (Invictus Games Tonight/The Set)
Eddie Woo (Teenage Boss)
Joe Jonas (The Voice Australia)
Tasia Zalar (Mystery Road)
MOST POPULAR DRAMA PROGRAM
Doctor Doctor
Home And Away
Mystery Road
Neighbours
The Cry
Wentworth
MOST POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Anh’s Brush With Fame
Dancing With The Stars
Gogglebox Australia
Gruen
Hard Quiz
The Voice Australia
MOST POPULAR COMEDY PROGRAM
Have You Been Paying Attention?
Hughesy, We Have A Problem
Rosehaven
Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell
True Story With Hamish & Andy
MOST POPULAR REALITY PROGRAM
Australian Survivor
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
Married At First Sight
MasterChef Australia
My Kitchen Rules
The Block
MOST POPULAR LIFESTYLE PROGRAM
Back In Time For Dinner
Better Homes And Gardens
Gardening Australia
Selling Houses Australia
The Living Room
Travel Guides
MOST POPULAR PANEL OR CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAM
7.30
60 Minutes
A Current Affair
Australian Story
Four Corners
The Project
MOST POPULAR TELEVISION COMMERCIAL
Australia Santa Crashes Christmas by Aldi
Dundee: Australia’s Tourism Ad in Disguise by Tourism Australia
Frank by Westpac
I AM the Captain of my own soul by Invictus Games
Naked Wrestling by KFC
Serena Project: I Touch Myself by Berlei
MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Doctor Doctor
Mystery Road
Neighbours
Secret City: Under the Eagle
Wentworth
MOST OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR TELEMOVIE
Bloom
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted To You
On The Ropes
Pine Gap
The Cry
MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR
Aaron Pedersen (Detective Jay Swan, Mystery Road)
Bryan Brown (Ray Reed, Bloom)
Jay Ryan (Sean ‘Speedo’ Collins, Fighting Season)
Robbie Magasiva (Will Jackson, Wentworth)
Scott Ryan (Ray Shoesmith, Mr Inbetween)
MOST OUTSTANDING ACTRESS
Danielle Cormack (Karen Koutoufides, Secret City: Under the Eagle)
Jenna Coleman (Joanna, The Cry)
Judy Davis (Emma James, Mystery Road)
Leah Purcell (Rita Connors, Wentworth)
Nicole Chamoun (Amirah Al-Amir, On The Ropes)
MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
Bernard Curry (Jake Stewart, Wentworth)
Ewen Leslie (Ted Nordenfelt, Fighting Season)
Frankie J Holden (Roy Briggs, A Place to Call Home)
Ian Meadows (Corey Baxter, Dead Lucky)
Wayne Blair (Larry Dime, Mystery Road)
MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Asher Keddie (Alexandra, The Cry)
Celia Ireland (Liz Birdsworth, Wentworth)
Jacki Weaver (Gwen Reed, Bloom)
Keisha Castle-Hughes (Jess, On The Ropes)
Susie Porter (The Muse, The Second)
MOST OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Australian Ninja Warrior
Eurovision – Australia Decides 2019
Gogglebox Australia
Have You Been Paying Attention?
True Story With Hamish & Andy
MOST OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Bluey
Grace Beside Me
Mustangs FC
Teenage Boss
The Bureau Of Magical Things
MOST OUTSTANDING SPORTS COVERAGE
Australia V India (Second Test in Perth)
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Invictus Games Sydney 2018
Supercars Championship: Bathurst
The 2018 FIFA World Cup
MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS COVERAGE OR PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT
Coverage Of The Thai Cave Rescue – Four Corners – Out of the Dark
James Comey Interview – 7.30
Leadership Spill – Sky News
Townsville Flood Disaster – 7 News
Who Cares? – Four Corners
MOST OUTSTANDING FACTUAL OR DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM
Employable Me
Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane
Ron Iddles: The Good Cop
Taboo
The Pacific – In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neil
MOST OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
Australian Survivor: Champions Vs Contenders
House Rules
Married At First Sight
MasterChef Australia
The Block

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