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Paul Henry on Australian TV early

Thursday 23 Feb 2012 8:33 a.m.

Controversial broadcaster Paul Henry is on Australian television this morning after his new TV show’s on-air date was brought forward four days.

Channel Ten has fast-tracked their new Breakfast show following Kevin Rudd's resignation as Australia's Foreign Minister last night.

"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 said in an official statement.

Rudd's resignation dominated the start of the show, with Henry promising: "We will be all over Kevin Rudd and we will be all over Julia Gillard, and they will be all over each other."

Henry said he would back Prime Minister Gillard to survive a leadership challenge from Mr Rudd, despite her "appalling job" handling him.

Fans on Breakfast's Facebook page were eagerly anticipating Henry's debut.

"I'll be watching for sure. Paul Henry is a genius," one commenter said.

Channel Ten’s Breakfast is in competition with Channel Seven's Sunrise and Channel Nine’s Today.

Henry left TVNZ’s Breakfast show after making racially insensitive remarks about the former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand and making fun of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's name.

He moved on to Mediaworks to host a show on RadioLIVE and also currently hosts TV3’s Would I Lie to You.

3 News / NZN

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