TV & Radio
Paul Henry brought the house down with an outrageous speech at the Qantas Film and TV Awards on Saturday night.
Henry, who won the inaugural People's Choice award at the industry ceremony, delighted the crowd with an acceptance speech that included frequent expletives.
Henry headed out stars Robyn Malcolm and Kimberley Crossman, and other hosts such as Jason Gunn and Mike McRoberts, for the honour of calling himself the most popular person on telly.
For Henry, this was a welcome change from mainly being in the news because of complaints to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.
He told the Sunday Star-Times he didn't enjoy award ceremonies.
"I hate awards. I just hate them and I try to think of any number of reasons not to go, but this one is slightly different because it's actually the people who watched the programmes who made the decision, which does give it credibility, I think," Henry told the Star-Times.
Henry says he's trained himself to be resistant to the criticism.
"I literally could not do this job if I paid any heed to any of the terribly vicious things that are sent to me in the mail or said over the phone to other people about me. Some of the criticism is blindingly irrational and nasty. If I paid it any attention, I just couldn't do the job.
"The people who occasionally get through any armour I put up subconsciously are the ones who are blindly wrong in their criticism. If some complete moron complains about me because I personally offended them, that's fine - they're justified because they are personally offended.
"But if someone sends a tirade about something I didn't actually say, or because of their own prejudices they think I meant something when I didn't, that does annoy me, when people's stupidity clouds their ability to judge."
Henry's speech on the night delighted the crowd and was packed with expletives. Much of that came at the end, when Henry pulled out a letter from his jacket pocket that he said was from a fan that he carried with him everywhere.
"These are the words of a very passionate fan. You have to understand this is a passionate fan and you'll have to read between the lines."
Listen to the letter below (explicit warning):
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