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Paul Henry comes under fire on Aussie debut

Published: 7:57AM Thursday February 23, 2012 Source: ONE News / Fairfax

Paul Henry has kept true to his controversial reputation in his debut on Australian breakfast television this morning.

After being wound-up by his co-hosts for being a technophobe, Henry hassled Deputy Opposition leader Julie Bishop for not choosing who she would vote for between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd.

In a segment called Henry Hotline, where viewers call to ask Henry a question, one caller said the show had to be "kidding" with the choice of hosts.

"Never have I seen two out of three more unprofessional newscasters ever in my life," the caller said.

"Who's that bloke with the glasses on? I don't know him, I don't want him," said another caller.

Henry also commented that one caller sounded like she had been drinking.

The first airing of Channel Ten's Breakfast show was brought forward by four days following Labor MP Kevin Rudd's resignation as Foreign Minister in Washington late last night.

Rehearsals for Henry and his three co hosts, Andrew Rochford, Kathryn Robinson and Magdalena Rose, were cut short in a bid to capitalise on the ratings from the political fall out between Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Rudd.

Executive producer Majella Wiemers has said in recent interviews that her job "is to make a show that's different and unpredictable".

An official statement said: "We said be prepared for a show that's cheeky and unpredictable, and (yesterday's) surprise resignation by Kevin Rudd means it's time for Breakfast to launch."

Channel Ten, which puts on the Breakfast show, tweeted late last night: "Get and early night, guys! @TenBreakfast will be making a surprise launch tomorrow at 6am!"

Henry resigned from TVNZ's Breakfast show after a public uproar over comments about New Zealand's former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand and an international outcry over him laughing at Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's name.