Tough as nails 7.30 host Leigh Sales chokes back tears as news of Bob Hawke’s death comes through in the middle of her show
- Host Leigh Sales had tears welling up when she reported Bob Hawke’s death
- Sales interrupted election interviews when Hawke’s wife broke the tragic news
- The former prime minister died ‘peacefully at home’ aged 89 on Thursday
Tough as nails 7.30 host Leigh Sales had to hold back her tears when news of Bob Hawke’s death came through in the middle of her show.
Sales, 46, interrupted prerecorded interviews with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to deliver the tragic news that Hawke had died.
‘It’s my very sad duty to break the news this evening that the former Australian PM, Bob Hawke, has died aged 89,’ she said with tears in her eyes.
‘Mr Hawke was Australia’s 23rd prime minister. It’s very difficult to overstate what a giant he is of the Labor Party and of the Labor movement.’
News of Hawke’s death broke when his wife Blanche d’Alpuget released a statement revealing he passed away ‘peacefully at home’.
‘Shortly we will play you an obituary of Bob Hawke, but as Bob Hawke knows more than anybody, politics has to go on,’ Sales said.
‘We are in the middle of an election campaign, so firstly we will bring you our interview with Bill Shorten as planned, in the interests of fairness and balance.’
Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke (pictured) died ‘peacefully at home’ at 89 on Thursday
Sales’ colleague Barrie Cassidy later revealed he regretted not visiting Hawke before he died on ABC News 24.
Cassidy last saw Hawke a few months ago and worked as his press secretary from 1986 to 1991 while he was prime minister.
Former Labor MP Craig Emerson urged Cassidy in recent weeks to visit the former PM ‘sooner rather than later’.
‘And I didn’t,’ a distraught Cassidy said.
‘I didn’t because of the campaign. I was going to do it after the campaign and I didn’t.’
Host Karina Carvalho told Cassidy ‘not to be too hard on himself’.
Sales’ colleague Barrie Cassidy (pictured) later revealed he regretted not visiting Hawke before he died on ABC News 24