Lawsy, what a man. You know what I mean.
Like tens of thousands of mothers across the country, my mum constantly had the John Laws Morning Show on every morning when I was growing up.
I’m not sure the content of what he said mattered all that much. Because god, his voice - it’s so fantastic (and so was his opening theme).
That’s what a lot of us who watched Leigh Sales’s interview with Lawsy about the Alan Jones saga last night were reminded of. He was ever the performer. The sunnies at the start, asking Sales “if she enjoyed it” at the end.
I’ve got some insight into Lawsy - my older sister, Alison (also a journalist), worked for Lawsy at 2UE as a junior producer during his last years behind the golden mike there.
Talking about the ABC interview yesterday, Alison told me it felt like she’d walked into another world when she started to work for him in 2005, just out of uni.
She said: “I would’ve loved to have worked for him in his hey day, because god only knows…
“At 70 something years of age, he would still party harder than anyone else, he could drink anyone under the table and he was razor sharp.”
“He was an absolute gentleman. He’s one of the very few men I can think of who would always be conscious when there was a woman in the room - he wouldn’t swear, he’d make sure he opened the door for you. He was an old school kind of gentleman and you don’t really get exposed to that anymore as a young woman.”
Lawsy, he’s a man from another time. My sister’s only regret was that she didn’t work for him during his hey-day.
It was a genius interview get for 7.30. Lawsy’s probably the only man who had some experience in Jones’s shoes, facing a huge backlash for saying something stupid. He certainly saw the irony in the situation. Although he showed some sympathy, Lawsy condemned Jones’s remark as “careless” and “cruel”.
Lawsy’s now a meme and a remixed video is doing the rounds calling him a “Pimp Daddy Sex Robot”. Truck yeah, Lawsy. Let’s hope those golden tonsils keep tinkling for quite a while yet.
A couple of choice tweets about the interview last night…
Channel Ten’s Tracey Spicer: “Is that (a) glass of Valvoline John Laws is holding @abc730?”
Author Benjamin Law: “Good lord. Those final seconds of the @leighsales interview with John Laws are both wrenchingly hilarious and alarmingly post-coital.”
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