Seven’s handling of Newton a bad look for the network
I’d never been too impressed with Matthew Newton. He always seemed like an arrogant upstart who’d taken a ride on Daddy’s coat tails to get ahead in showbiz.
There was no doubt he was talented, but then again, so are many actors who are waiting on tables around the country, desperate to get their shot.
And when allegations emerged that he’d assaulted Brooke Satchwell, my mind was made up. Only cowards hit women. Actually no, only cowards hit other people, full stop. It doesn’t matter what sex they are, no one “has it coming”, no one deserves violence. So it seems bizarre that here I am having a crack at Channel 7 instead of him.
They hired him for The X Factor hosting role just two weeks after his month-long stint in rehab.
I’m no doctor, but surely the advice would have been to keep life simple and get back into things slowly, not face the pressure of fronting a station’s marquee reality show, in which they are investing huge money.
Newton said at the time of his signing he’d had to keep the new role secret from his parents as Bert was signed to rival Channel 9. But I wonder what their advice would have been if he’d come to them first?
Would Bert and Patti perhaps have persuaded him to take a bit more time before launching himself into such an important role?
Channel 7 embraced Newton’s troubled past, it welcomed the controversy. It made for big promotion for its new show. Now it has now blown up in its face.
Seven has lost all credibility in this fiasco and the network is starting to appear decidedly anti-women.
Remember this is the station which rewarded Matty Johns with his own show just 10 months after his involvement in a grotesque group sex scandal was made public.
And the same one which happily picked up Kyle Sandilands after he was dumped by Channel 10 over strapping a 14 year old rape victim to a lie detector test and asking about her sex life.
That all these acts have been committed against women says something.
And no, screening Packed to the Rafters doesn’t show us you’re female-friendly Seven, particularly not when last year Nathan masturbated while female cast members were forced to act out fantasy scenes.
For the network to continually promote these “stars” is pathetic. There are many talented people out there waiting to be “discovered”, why not give them a go instead of offering sexist, arrogant wannabes second and third chances?
Seven has claimed they have sent Newton home so he can concentrate on his “health issues”.
To say this is a health issue is to seriously downplay the severity of the situation.
Newton clearly has major anger management/violence issues on top of whatever addiction he is fighting. Addiction is devastating in itself, but when you add a volatile personality into the mix, it can go very wrong, very quickly.
Rachael Taylor alleges he unleashed a wild and violent attack on her, and that this is not the first time he has lost it. How many other incidents of “violence, threats, abuse and intimidation” are there?
This week we see Ben Cousin’s Such is Life doco air, which details his desperate struggle with drug abuse. It was his father Bryan who through unwavering love and devotion saved Ben from his addiction.
What Newton needs now is tough love. He needs strong people around him, people who will not allow his star status, or his talent get in the way of what is best for him.
It is these people he needed around him when Channel 7 dangled a big fat contract in front of him just days out of rehab.
Newton needs to get better ahead of anything else. He certainly has the X factor, but now, with all those strikes against his name, getting back into the biz will be very difficult, no matter who your family is.
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