Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos is an Australian television comedy special hosted by Australian comedian Doug Mulray. The show included inappropriate content all in the means of comedy. It was deemed to be so inappropriate that the owner of Nine Network at the time, Kerry Packer, ordered the studio to pull it off the air. It was broadcast in its entirety in 2008 (3 years after Kerry Packer's death), though a scene where Doug Mulray ridicules fat children was edited out.
Why It Sucks
- Video clips with uncensored sex and nudity.
- Poor narration.
- Some of the scenes never tried to make it feel like a comedy or at least make it funny.
- It only aired about 59% of the program to the public before it was yanked off the air.
- It's a blatant ripoff of America's Funniest Home Videos that decided not to copy its charm, instead completely throwing it out the window in favor of making a gross-out show.
- Later during the controversy, it was changed to Australia's Funniest Home Videos in a family friendly approach much like the American version in a good way.
- The aforementioned scene where Doug Mulray ridicules fat children is very offensive. In fact, it was removed and edited out in the 2008 re-broadcast to prevent complaints from people.
- The infamous clip that shows a young girl grabbing a kangaroo's genitals.
- It was so disgusting, that it was pulled off the air in the middle in the episode!
While in the middle of eating dinner, then-Nine Network owner Kerry Packer was told about the special by some of his friends. He tuned in to watch it and was so offended, he dialed the studio and screamed: "Get that shit off the air!". The special was immediately pulled from airwaves and replaced with a message saying there was a technical problem. In order to fill up remaining airtime, repeats of Cheers were played to fill the remaining 24 minutes from the special. Despite the same announcement and bumper playing in the middle of the airing of ANHV across Australia, it occurred in different parts of the program depending on the area it was airing in, due to time differences. In Melbourne and Brisbane, the station simply started airing an episode of Cheers after a scheduled commercial break. In other areas, the last part of the show broadcast was of Doug Mulray giving a monologue about "bosoms" or the infamous clip of a young girl grabbing a kangaroo's genitals. The special was cancelled before it was scheduled to air in Perth, and thus its Nine Network affiliate showed a brief message mentioning that the special wouldn't be aired, before beginning an episode of Cheers.
Despite Packer's opinions on the special and its content, it was very popular among its audience. After the announcement, Nine reportedly (and allegedly) received "thousands" of phone calls from viewers, with 65 percent of callers upset with the program being pulled, in contrast to the 60 callers who called in during the show's broadcast, complaining about its content. Viewers were generally bewildered by the sudden interruption and the cut to Cheers, not knowing about the show's cancellation until it was widely reported by the Australian media outlets the very next day. Packer was so disgusted by the special, it is sometimes known as "The Show Kerry Packer Didn't Want You To See".