Samuel Johnson slams Molly Meldrum for Elton John mooning incident


Molly Meldrum‘s lewd act at Elton John’s farewell concert in Melbourne on Friday was the last straw for his former protégé Samuel Johnson, who has vowed to never speak to the TV legend again after his latest attention-seeking display.

The former Countdown presenter, 79, joined his long-time friend Elton on stage for a performance of The B***h Is Back, where he exposed his bare buttocks to the crowd.

He later blamed his behaviour on a faulty belt buckle.

Johnson, while acknowledging his long friendship with Meldrum, said on Tuesday the mooning incident was the last straw after years of holding his tongue, adding that he was ‘sick’ of the music critic’s increasingly erratic behaviour.

Molly Meldrum’s (pictured) lewd act at Elton John’s farewell concert in Melbourne on Friday was the last straw for his former protégé Samuel Johnson, who has vowed to never speak to the TV legend again after his latest attention-seeking display 

He told The Morning Show hosts Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur: ‘He’s helped me out of a legal pickle, I’ve known him for 20 years. He visited my sister in hospital when she was sick with cancer when she was 11 in the 1980s.

‘I’m really grateful for everything that Molly’s done in our lives.’

But everything changed at the Logie Awards in 2017 when Meldrum stole Johnson’s spotlight as he was on stage accepting the Gold Logie for his performance in the Channel Seven miniseries Molly, based on Meldrum’s life.

Johnson (right), while acknowledging his long friendship with Meldrum, said on The Morning Show on Tuesday the mooning incident was the last straw after years of holding his tongue

Johnson (right), while acknowledging his long friendship with Meldrum, said on The Morning Show on Tuesday the mooning incident was the last straw after years of holding his tongue

‘When I won the Gold Logie, I was about to have my million-dollar moment and I told him not to come up on stage. He wasn’t nominated, it was my moment,’ Johnson said.

He wanted to use the opportunity to promote his charity, Love Your Sister, and to thank his sister Connie, who was battling cancer at the time and would die months later.

Johnson hoped the moment would be similar to Carrie Bickmore’s Gold Logie speech two years earlier when she launched her Beanies 4 Brain Cancer charity.

The former Countdown presenter, 79, joined his long-time friend Elton on stage for a performance of The B***h Is Back, where he exposed his bare buttocks to the crowd. He later blamed his behaviour on a faulty belt buckle - an excuse Johnson did not buy

The former Countdown presenter, 79, joined his long-time friend Elton on stage for a performance of The B***h Is Back, where he exposed his bare buttocks to the crowd. He later blamed his behaviour on a faulty belt buckle – an excuse Johnson did not buy 

The legendary Australian music critic was watching his old friend Sir Elton in the crowd at AAMI Park for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, before he was brought up on stage

The legendary Australian music critic was watching his old friend Sir Elton in the crowd at AAMI Park for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, before he was brought up on stage 

‘I wanted to make [my speech] about cancer and he wanted to make it all about the network… It was an absolute catastrophe,’ the actor said.

‘He warbled in a very drunken fashion for eight whole minutes! Now I’ve seen him do it again at the Elton John concert.’

Johnson then expressed concern for the music legend.

‘Maybe it’s time to hang up your hat, mate,’ he said. ‘I hope he’s okay.’ 

Johnson said he never forgave Meldrum for upstaging him at the 2017 Logie Awards (pictured), where he had hoped to use his time on stage to promote his charity, Love Your Sister. Instead, a rambling and incoherent Meldrum made it all about himself

Johnson said he never forgave Meldrum for upstaging him at the 2017 Logie Awards (pictured), where he had hoped to use his time on stage to promote his charity, Love Your Sister. Instead, a rambling and incoherent Meldrum made it all about himself 

Johnson went on to say he didn’t buy Meldrum’s excuse for mooning the crowd at the Elton John concert, noting that if he had had a belt malfunction ‘we would have seen his undies, not his bum’.

‘For years I haven’t said anything, because I don’t want to say anything,’ he added.

‘Who are his minders? Is he okay? He shouldn’t be allowed out in the afternoon, he’s sozzled by that time.’

Johnson went on to suggest Meldrum has a problem with alcohol, claiming he has ‘two shots of vodka in his coffee in the morning’.

Johnson played Meldrum in the Channel Seven miniseries Molly, for which he won the Gold Logie (pictured on the show). Sadly, his victory was undermined when Meldrum barged on stage during his acceptance speech

Johnson played Meldrum in the Channel Seven miniseries Molly, for which he won the Gold Logie (pictured on the show). Sadly, his victory was undermined when Meldrum barged on stage during his acceptance speech

‘If I want to make any sense out of him. I’ve got to see him for midday. Stop Molly!’ he exclaimed. 

Gillies then suggested that perhaps Johnson was in a position to give Meldrum a call and ‘have a chat’ about his behaviour, but Johnson said he hadn’t spoken to him since the Logies debacle six years ago.

‘I’ll never speak to him again. He cost my charity a million dollars that night,’ he said. 

The Morning Show host Kylie Gillies suggested that perhaps Johnson was in a position to give Meldrum a call and 'have a chat' about his behaviour, but Johnson said he hadn't spoken to him since the Logies debacle six years ago

The Morning Show host Kylie Gillies suggested that perhaps Johnson was in a position to give Meldrum a call and ‘have a chat’ about his behaviour, but Johnson said he hadn’t spoken to him since the Logies debacle six years ago 

‘Can someone look after him? Can someone care for him? Can someone I’m really worried about him. I’m not cross at him. I’m just really worried,’ he added.

Johnson first spoke about Meldrum’s troubling behaviour during an interview on 4BC’s Afternoons with Sofie Formica on Monday.

‘He needs to hang up his hat. Now,’ he said bluntly.

Samuel started the charity Love Your Sister in 2012 with his late sister Connie (right), who died from breast cancer in 2017

Samuel started the charity Love Your Sister in 2012 with his late sister Connie (right), who died from breast cancer in 2017

‘A few years ago, I won a Gold Logie for playing Molly Meldrum. And we weren’t getting along at that point because for six months, he told me who to thank [in my acceptance speech],’ Johnson recalled.

‘He wasn’t even nominated for the Gold Logie and he wanted me to make it all about the network and thank the producers, and I wanted to make it all about cancer. And we disagreed on that.’

Johnson said the pair ‘didn’t speak to each other the whole night’ of the Logies.

'He wasn't even nominated for the Gold Logie and he wanted me to make it all about the network and thank the producers, and I wanted to make it all about cancer. And we disagreed on that,' Johnson told 4BC's Afternoons with Sofie Formica on Monday

‘He wasn’t even nominated for the Gold Logie and he wanted me to make it all about the network and thank the producers, and I wanted to make it all about cancer. And we disagreed on that,’ Johnson told 4BC’s Afternoons with Sofie Formica on Monday

Halfway through Johnson’s emotional acceptance speech, Meldrum shuffled on stage, took the microphone and began rambling about himself.

‘He took away my moment and recently he just took away the moment of Elton John as well. And I’m sick of him doing this. I’m sick of it. Hang up your hat, mate,’ Johnson told Formica.

He made similar remarks on WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda on Tuesday morning.

‘Can I be honest?’ he said while taking a deep breath. ‘There’s a lot I haven’t said, and I’m trying really hard to be diplomatic.’

He made similar remarks on WSFM's Jonesy & Amanda on Tuesday morning, admitting he was 'trying to be diplomatic' about Meldrum even though he was angry

He made similar remarks on WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda on Tuesday morning, admitting he was ‘trying to be diplomatic’ about Meldrum even though he was angry 

‘I’ve seen the same type of thing happen over and over again, including him – when I told him not to – coming up on stage during my Gold Logie win and ruining my Carrie’s Beanie moment where I was going to try to raise a lot of money for cancer research,’ he added.

‘[He came] up drunk as a skunk and babbling for eight minutes to finish the Logies that night.’

He then asked: ‘Who’s looking after him? He must not be out in the public during the PM, not with the way he drinks.’

Johnson asked: 'Who’s looking after him? He must not be out in the public during the PM, not with the way he drinks'

Johnson asked: ‘Who’s looking after him? He must not be out in the public during the PM, not with the way he drinks’



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