Moonman bans COVID-19 talk from Breakfast show
Triple M Sydney Breakfast host Lawrence Mooney has banned “the C word” from his show.
That is to say, there was no talk of COVID-19 on yesterday’s Moonman in the Morning.
Mooney said people in Sydney know the rules, know the seriousness of the situation, but are fatigued by the constant COVID chatter.
“I have made a decision, an executive decision on the show today, and that is that the ‘C word’ won’t be used, and that ‘C word’ is COVID,” he said at the start of yesterday’s Moonman in the Morning program.
“We are over it. It is a COVID-free zone. Of course, we’ll wear our masks in the office, we’ll distance and hand sanitise and check-in and do all the right things, but we’re not discussing it. You all know the rules and regulations. You’ve seen the news. You know that we’re in lockdown, the numbers, blardey blah blah.
“And there’s a degree of fatigue about this stuff too. I was using the analogy of Winston Churchill who defeated Hitler in World War 2, and at the end of the war, they had a federal election in England, out he went. And I reckon that’s the same with Gladys [Berejiklian]. We’ll just get sick of her face in the end, and sick of the message, and sick of the whole thing. It’s like ‘We need a change’. Once it’s over, see you later.”
Last month, Mooney was himself the subject of COVID-related headlines when he breached lockdown orders and holidayed in Byron Bay.
He subsequently apologised on-air calling himself “the King Cock of Cock Island”.
“In all seriousness Sydney, and inevitably New South Wales, is entering a dire period of the contagion, and my actions, were they to be repeated, could end up in extended lockdowns, illness and death. That’s the height of the stakes we’re talking about, and I don’t shirk from the seriousness or my part as an example to others. I should have stayed put, but instead headed to Byron Bay… to holiday when I should have stated home,” he said at the time.