Sunrise host Mylee Hogan has been booted off the breakfast show’s studio desk after a viewer backlash for joking that Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath had died.
Hogan made the bizarre gag after a report on a TikTok trend where children video their parents’ shock when they’re falsely told a favourite celebrity has died.
The segment stunned her co-hosts who tried to move on to an interview with former fast bowler McGrath, but Hogan then blurted out: ‘Glenn McGrath died!’
Hogan this week disappeared from the presenters’ desk of the flagship show without any explanation after Daily Mail Australia revealed the viewer fury on Friday.
On Thursday she returned to Sunrise – but she has been demoted back to being a reporter on the road, just 13 days after the show welcomed her to the new desk role.
Sunrise host Mylee Hogan has been booted off the breakfast show’s studio desk after a viewer backlash for joking that Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath had died
Hogan had only been revealed as a studio presenter on December 23 before her outburst on December 28.
At the time, she told co-hosts Monique Wright and Mark Beretta she was delighted to leave behind her role as a reporter on the road to present the news in the studio.
‘It’s good to be here, guys,’ she smiled. ‘It’s a nice temperature, I know where the bathroom is, where the coffee is – it’s very comfortable.’
But days later, she’s been kicked back onto the streets after the bumbling attempt at humour backfired.
Mylee Hogan (left) had only been welcomed to the show as a permanent studio presenter on December 23 before her outburst on December 28
New Sunrise presenter Mylee Hogan vanished from TV screens on January 3 without explanation after Daily Mail Australia revealed the fan fury over her comment
Outraged Sunrise fans vowed to boycott Seven’s show if Hogan stayed, branding the comment insensitive after McGrath’s wife Jane died in 2008 from breast cancer.
On Tuesday, Edwina Bartholomew had taken Hogan’s spot as news presenter host at the end of the desk, with Monique Wright moving into the spot next to Mark Beretta.
And on Thursday, she was back on-screen – but outside the studio and working as a reporter, filing from near Sydney Harbour Bridge on the city’s population growth.
Her downfall from the desk role was not mentioned on air, and Seven declined to comment when contacted by Daily Mail Australia on Thursday.
Shocked viewers slammed new Sunrise reporter Mylee Hogan (pictured) for joking that cricketer Glenn McGrath had died during a segment on a twisted TikTok fad
Co-host Mark Beretta had ended her report early on the TikTok hoax deaths videos, branding it ‘the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen’.
‘I don’t like it at all. We shouldn’t be running that. Get it off. Get it off now,’ he said.
Hogan said she thought the cruel social media craze was ‘really funny’ and insisted to co-hosts Beretta and Edwina Bartholomew it was ‘just a bit of fun!’
But as Beretta moved on to talk to former Australian fast bowler McGrath about the Boxing Day Test, Hogan infuriated fans with her twisted joke about the star’s death.
The comment, which was off-camera but clearly heard, prompted an angry reaction from Beretta and co-host Edwina Bartholomew.
Stand-in host Mark Beretta (right) ended the report early while stern-faced Edwina Bartholomew apologised to viewers for Hogan’s unfunny outburst
‘Don’t even…that’s not funny,’ said Bartholomew as Hogan laughed. Beretta added: ‘I don’t get that at all. It’s so not funny. It’s crazy…’
Stern-faced Bartholomew immediately apologised to viewers, adding: ‘It’s not funny. Sorry.’
The show then went on to interview McGrath – whose wife Jane died in 2008 from breast cancer – about day three of the Second Test against South Africa.
It prompted a furious reaction from some viewers who vowed to boycott the show if Hogan remained onscreen.
‘We will not be watching Sunrise any more if that girl with the black hair is reading the news again,’ one fan of the show posted on Facebook.
‘Please remove that girl from Channel 7 – we will feel sick every time we see her face.
‘She made a comment about Glenn McGrath dying and laughed. Doesn’t she know that Glenn’s first wife Jane died tragically from breast cancer?
Hogan blurted out “Glenn McGrath is dead’ just before the show cut to an interview with the Australian fast bowler whose wife Jane died of breast cancer in 2008
‘It won’t matter if she apologises, in her mind she has done nothing wrong. How immature and insensitive she is.’
Another viewer tweeted: ‘Terrible, terrible, tasteless “joke”, pranking people that someone has died, especially when next guest has lost a wife. Please don’t air again.’
Hogan had earlier played clips of TikTok videos showing the dramatic reactions of parents being told fake news of the death of stars like Zac Efron and Oprah Winfrey.
‘Some people think the over-the-top reactions are funny, others think it’s a cruel joke,’ said Hogan.
She added: ‘I personally think this is really funny, guys! Just a bit of fun!’
But she was immediately brought to heel by the co-hosts on the Sunrise desk who ordered the news report to stop there.
‘I think this shows the generation divide, because Beretts doesn’t think it’s funny at all,’ said Bartholomew.
Viewers were also outraged by the segment and took to social media to voice their anger.
‘We thought it was disgusting,’ posted Kelvin Mills on the show’s Facebook page.
‘Have a look on the faces in her story when people were told of these fake deaths, they were distraught.
‘Yes, these people were then told that it was fake news, but that wouldn’t easily remove the sick feeling in their stomachs.
‘She is obviously too young to have had death around her.’
Viewers also were also outraged by the segment and took to social media to voice their anger
One user added: ‘You’re not wrong – that is sickening. This is what I call offensive.’
Another posted: ‘I agree totally, that was awful, Beretts was appalled as well. She kept going and laughing. Back to anything off screen for her.’