Us Two: Breakfast's Jack Tame and Matt McLean

Matt McLean and Jack Tame have been friends for 12 years, now they're finally working together.
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Matt McLean and Jack Tame have been friends for 12 years, now they're finally working together.

Breakfast host Jack Tame, 29, and Matt McLean, 30, became best friends when they met at broadcasting school 12 years ago.

Their dream of presenting a show together came true in January when Matt joined Breakfast.

Jack/ When we met, Matty had just come back from an exchange in Austria, and he was particularly insufferable about telling everyone about it.

"Matty has a really infectious personally, and he'll be mates with people you just do not expect," says Jack.
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"Matty has a really infectious personally, and he'll be mates with people you just do not expect," says Jack.

He became "the Austria guy". I was about to hit puberty, I was 17, but I looked like I was about 12.

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There was a party that first weekend and we just started chatting over a couple of beers and we sort of became best mates overnight.

He had a particularly enthusiastic appreciation for reality TV that I found really funny, Survivor was his favourite. He could honestly offer PHD-level analysis of Survivor.

Matty has a really infectious personally, and he'll be mates with people you just do not expect.

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Regardless of people's interests, backgrounds, jobs, whatever, he just has this amazing ability to connect with people.

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Matty by his own admissions probably doesn't strike you as a burly, sporty kind of guy and yet, I remember one time he became the de facto reporter for the Wellington Phoenix.

I'm a huge football fan, and I remember thinking, Matty wouldn't even know what kind of ball they use, and he's hanging out with all these professional football players? I was pretty jealous.

"I think the producers have already said to watch the in-jokes, but it's inevitable I think that Matty and I fall down a ...
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"I think the producers have already said to watch the in-jokes, but it's inevitable I think that Matty and I fall down a bit of a black hole, but in a good way," says Jack.

It hasn't quite sunk in that we're working together.

Matty had 10 days notice, he came back to New Zealand, and we walked into the same office for the first time, it was amazing.

I think the producers have already said to watch the in-jokes, but it's inevitable I think that Matty and I fall down a bit of a black hole, but in a good way.

"One thing Jack knows about me is that I'm very susceptible to peer pressure, he knows all he has to say is that it will ...
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"One thing Jack knows about me is that I'm very susceptible to peer pressure, he knows all he has to say is that it will be a good story, and I'll do it." says Matt.

When I've had more difficult periods in my life, Matty's been the first person I call, and he's a really good listener and offers really solid advice.

Even when we were living on other sides of the world, we always made time to talk every couple of days.

We recently went on holiday to the Dominican Republic with a friend of ours, but the holiday went a little off-script because Matty, the whitest person you will ever meet, decided not to wear sunblock.

"Jack's very thoughtful," says Matt.
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"Jack's very thoughtful," says Matt.

Here's a testament to our friendship, I have had to scrape the dead skin off Matt McLean's back. Harrowing. I don't think I've ever see anybody so red, he was like a big reptile.

One thing about Matty is that he will do anything for a laugh, he'll say 'no' at first, but I only need 5 or 10 minutes to turn him around. He loves the attention and to be the centre of things.

But I also really admire his ability to move on if he's having a bad day. Sometimes you just want to wallow in a bit of depression and stay in bed or whatever, but Matty just never feels sorry for himself. I wish I could be more like that, it's an incredible quality

 

Matt/ My first impression of Jack was that he was very loud and very obnoxious.

He looked quite different to how he looks now, he was very baby-faced with long curly hair. Baby-faced is my polite way of saying he was quite fat.

Jack Tame is his teen years, when he was "baby-faced" as Matt describes.
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Jack Tame is his teen years, when he was "baby-faced" as Matt describes.

But he was just full of confidence and energy, and after a couple of weeks we became best mates.

I think back then he didn't know exactly what his future would hold, but he knew that he had to work hard to get to where he wanted to go, and it's obviously paid off for him, he's done very well.

He's one of the most loyal people I know, and he is the first person I would ever turn to for advice.

Jack says that walking with Matt anywhere in Auckland can take a while, because he just knows everyone.
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Jack says that walking with Matt anywhere in Auckland can take a while, because he just knows everyone.

But he's also a real smart ass and incredibly dramatic as well.

One thing Jack knows about me is that I'm very susceptible to peer pressure, he knows all he has to say is that it will be a good story, and I'll do it.

Jack's very thoughtful though, when he lived in New York for five years, and whenever he went anywhere, I always got a postcard in the mail.

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Jack Tame talks American journalism and presenting TVNZ's Breakfast.

Sometimes they were just two-word postcards, lots of personal jokes, and lots of inappropriate jokes considering he got them sent to the newsroom. I've got a massive stack of them.

When I turned 30 in September when I was away overseas, I was sitting at home and a big chocolate cake arrived at my front door. Jack had organised a cake to be delivered for my birthday in London.

The message wasn't so sweet, ["You should be dead by now," after Matt said as a teenager he wouldn't make it to 30] but the sentiment was there.

He was such a huge part of why I said yes to coming back from the UK to take the job, and it's something we've dreamed of for a long time.

 - Stuff

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