Australia has lost an entertainment legend with the passing of icon Bert Newton.
Australia has remembered the Logie Hall of Fame inductee, who won four Gold Logies and starred on TV, radio and the stage, as a true icon of television.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there would “never be another like him”, a man who “came into our homes and made himself very welcome”.
“There was a familiarity that connected us to Bert, but it also connected us to each other. We could laugh together. That was his gift,” the Prime Minister said.
“Bert could give and take a joke. He could laugh at himself, I’m sure that’s what made Australians warm to him as much as we did.”
Today Extra host David Campbell described the TV icon’s passing as the “absolute end of an era”.
“Thank you for giving this young singer a chance on your show,” he said.
Fellow TV star Rove McManus said he was struggling to accept the passing of a “mentor and friend”.
“Today I lost a mentor and friend, our country lost an icon, but most importantly a family has lost their hero and soul mate,” he said.
Freelance journalist Neil McMahon described Newton as a “genuine one-of-a-kind with a rapier off-the-cuff wit that you have to be born with.”
“If Bert just had his radio career he would have died a legend,” McMahon said.
“If he just had his TV career he would have died a legend. If he just had his theatre career he would have died a legend.
“Not sure what the word is when he had all three and more.”
Nine’s Director of Television, Michael Healy, paid tribute to a “giant of our industry”, who entertained multiple generations of Australians.
“He brought unbridled joy and laughter into our homes as part of so many programs, partnerships and formats,” he said.
“He was loved by us all at Nine and we wish Patti, Lauren, Matt and their families our sincere condolences at this sad time.”
Comedian Adam Hills said the industry wouldn’t be the same today without Newton, the “ultimate entertainer”.
“Take a bow, Bert. You deserve the applause,” he said.
John Burgess, of Wheel of Fortune and Burgo’s Catch Phrase fame, said the legend left an “immeasurable void”.
“This week just gets sadder with the passing of Aust. TV icon Bert Newton,” he said.
“I had the absolute honour of sharing a stage on occasion with Bert & was able to step back & watch a star at work.”
Radio hosts Chris Smith and Jim Wilson, both of 2GB, where similarly effusive in their praise, Wilson saying he “grew up with” the presence of the “national treasure”.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the showbiz icon “lit up Australian screens with laughter and joy”.
“He was a part of very fabric of our television landscape and a key part of the continuing evolution of the silver screen,” Mr Hunt said.
The federal Labor party’s current and former leaders were also quick to pay tribute to the man who shone brightly for decades.