If bookies were taking bets on ex-NRL star Matty Johns’ drinking buddy at the Logies, commentator and former political operative Peta Credlin would surely have been at long odds.
But Johns and the former chief of staff for former prime minister Tony Abbott combined in the most unlikely of partnerships at Australian television’s night of nights.
Johns, a popular personality on Fox Sports’ rugby league coverage, told Triple M’s The Grill Team Ms Credlin initially complained of how “boring” the night was.
“I was with Peta Credlin,” Johns said on Monday.
“She goes, ‘How boring is tonight?’ and I said ‘Do you want to get on the piss with me and my mates?’”
“She goes, ‘Yep 100 per cent’ and I said, ‘Let’s go’.”
How long Ms Credlin remained with Johns and his friends is unclear.
The former Kangaroo and State of Origin player spoke highly of his chats with cricket legend Ricky Ponting and shock jock Steve Price.
“Isn’t he a good bloke, Punter?” Johns added.
“He always came across a little bit cantankerous when he was a cricketer but he’s a really good bloke, such a good bloke.
“I had a good chat with Steve Price last night. He is such a good bloke.”
Johns’ NRL show — Monday Night with Matty Johns — was nominated for the Logie for the Best Sports Program.
But he missed out, with the popular NRL Footy Show on Channel Nine once again claiming the gong.
The other sports-themed award of the night was for the Most Outstanding Sports Coverage.
The Seven Network’s coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games won that, ahead of Network Ten’s Big Bash League broadcasts.
Lee Lin Chin snubs Johns
Johns infamously had a run-in with SBS newsreader and cult-figure Lee Lin Chin at last year’s Logies.
“The woman who was up for the Gold Logie, Lee Lin Chin, I ran into her last night. Isn’t she a delight?” he said on Triple M at the time.
“My great mate, Les Murray, has been at SBS for years … she was coming through and I thought I’d be nice so I said, ‘Lee, how are you going? I’m a good friend of Les Murray’.
“‘Good luck, I hope you win, I reckon Les will be sitting at home with a tear in his eye’. I thought that would be nice.”
Her response? “You’re in my way.”