Footy fans slam Channel Nine for trying Johnathan Thurston’s interview style in confusing posts: ‘Shame on you for putting him down in public’
- NRL supporters came to the defense of Johnathan Thurston on Thursday
- Followed by Channel 9 – who employ him – mocking his interview technique
- Thurston has been employed by the TV network since 2016 after a stellar career
Dozens of footy fans have wondered why Channel 9 publicly mocked NRL legend Johnathan Thurston’s interview technique on their social media platforms.
Thurston – who has been employed by the free-to-air TV network since 2016 – visited the hangars on Thursday night to chat with North Queensland Cowboys players after beating Gold Coast 32-6 at Robina Stadium.
In a bizarre move, Nine then uploaded footage of Thurston showing the former half-champion chatting with Coen Hess, Tom Gilbert and Ben Hampton after the match.
It came with the accompanying “joke” — “JT still hasn’t quite made it to this TV thing” — with three laughing emojis.
The clips were posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and it didn’t take long for many bewildered rugby league fans to defend Thurston.
Confused footy fans have wondered why Channel 9 publicly mocked the interview technique of NRL legend Johnathan Thurston – who is employed by the network – on their social media platforms on Thursday night.
“He’ll get there with a bit more experience and work on his TV interviewing and backstage presenting skills,” one wrote.
“Shame on you Nine for condescending and belittling one of your employees in a public forum in this way.”
Another felt the TV network had “thrown Thurston under the bus”, with a third saying his interview technique was “better than some of the other bots”.
Thurston’s signature laugh also made him a favorite among many footy fans, and he established himself as an icon in the sport when his Golden Point field goal saw the Cowboys beat the Broncos 17 -16 in the 2015 NRL Grand Final.
His easygoing and affable nature often sees current NRL players happily engaging with him in front of live cameras – many would say in a better way to some sportswriters.
Many footy fans felt Channel 9’s social media had gone overboard quoting Thurston for ‘not quite nailing this TV thing’
Thurston, 39, has been guilty of a few blunders, with his interview moments with Panthers lock Isaah Yeo after Penrith winning last year’s decider against South Sydney a notable example.
The man they call ‘JT’ has been guilty of a few blunders on live TV, with his interview moments after Penrith won last year’s decider against South Sydney a notable example.
During the Panthers interview, Isaah Yeo, seconds after full time at Suncorp Stadium, Thurston accidentally kept the microphone to himself, causing viewers to be unable to hear the two-way conversation.
Eventually, the penny dropped, but only after Thurston clearly received a message through his earpiece, something was wrong.
Seconds later, he gave an awkward look at the camera, then turned back to Yeo – before finally moving his microphone to the Penrith star performer.