ScoMo roasted over 'awkward' interaction with radio show hosts

·News Reporter
·3-min read

Scott Morrison has featured in a cringeworthy clip during an appearance on a popular radio show this week that left many labelling his behaviour as "awkward" and "very rude". 

The prime minister was filmed on Wednesday before his segment on Melbourne's KIIS 101.1 program with hosts Jason Hawkins and Polly 'PJ' Harding.

During which, Mr Morrison seemed to dismiss every attempt made by the hosts to engage him in small talk during a six minute break. 

Jason Hawkins (pictured) and Polly 'PJ' Harding had an awkward interaction with Scott Morrison this week. Source: Facebook/Jase & PJ
Jason Hawkins (pictured) and Polly 'PJ' Harding had an awkward interaction with Scott Morrison this week. Source: Facebook/Jase & PJ

The one minute clip of the off-air interaction has since been shared to social media, with hundreds roasting the prime minister's apparent lack of social skills. 

During the video, Mr Morrison was shown flicking through some pages while seated behind a microphone before being interrupted by Hawkins.

"Mate you are flat chat today aren't you?" he said to Mr Morrison.

The PM responded by stating, "we are busy", but opted against looking up at Hawkins and continued staring down at his pages.

Hawkins seemed to have left the room at some stage and when he came back, told Mr Morrison, "love my fishing, just bought a little boat". 

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After an awkward silence from Mr Morrison, he eventually lifted his head and asked, "what sort of boat?".

"Just a little run about," Hawkins responded, with Harding arguing, "he says it's a little tinny but it's a giant yacht". 

"It's not a yacht, it's a little tinny," Hawkins hit back, before Mr Morrison asked him, "how many staff?".

Hawkins told Mr Morrison, "about 430" before telling someone to not "encourage him". 

Harding then chimed in saying that if she were the prime minister, she would wear a tie with an elastic strap that she could slip over her head. 

"Is that a real tie or is that elasticated?" she asked Mr Morrison.

He avoided looking at the host but proclaimed that his tie was "a real one".  

He ignored her completely when she further to remarked, "that would cut out a bit of time in your day". 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison put on an awkward display before his interview on the KIIS radio show. Source: Facebook/Jase & PJ
Prime Minister Scott Morrison put on an awkward display before his interview on the KIIS radio show. Source: Facebook/Jase & PJ

The prime minister then appeared concerned at a paper in front of him, with Hawkins jokingly asking, "are you just approving policies? Do you need a hand? Need help moving funds around?".

Mr Morrison didn't seem impressed by the offer but let out what appeared to be a brief courtesy laugh.

The clip ended on both Harding and Hawkins flashing an awkward expression.

Interaction gets mixed response

While some fans of the program were quick to roast the prime minister, others criticised the hosts for interrupting him while he was preparing to be interviewed. 

"He was legit going over his info and preparing for the live interview and you kept talking s***. I don't blame him for trying to tune you out," one wrote in a comment.

Polly 'PJ' Harding (pictured) asked Mr Morrison if he had an elastic tie to save time. Source: Facebook/Jase & PJ
Polly 'PJ' Harding (pictured) asked Mr Morrison if he had an elastic tie to save time. Source: Facebook/Jase & PJ

"He is a political figure, not a comedian, what is the problem?" someone else said. 

Others thought his behaviour was not representative of the persona he usually tried to present during public engagements. 

"[He was] arrogant and condescending. Can't take a joke," one comment read.

"He doesn't know how to hold a conversation unless it's scripted in front of him," a third wrote. 

It was not clear exactly how or how much of the video had been edited by producers.

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