On arrival in Pyrmont, over two dozen adoring fans waited by the entrance to greet the blond rope technician after news spread like wild fire from floor-to-floor ahead of his arrival.
“I thought they were all outside because of a fire drill,” he said in disbelief as he sat down for a comprehensive “The Bachelor Australia Trivia Quiz” and reading of cheesy pick-up lines.
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After some debate on what Strahan would and wouldn’t do on camera, Ten settled on a quiz on the condition they pre-approved the questions. They swore they would not reveal any to him, but answering with such ease, this reporter has some doubts.
Such is the concern about the secrecy of this series, Fairfax Media had to steer well clear of any questions focusing on the current season, possibly after the recent revelations into Keira Maguire’s cult upbringing and 63 siblings.
Even asking Strahan to name all 22 bachelorettes, which he was doing with ease, was stopped by the publicist as the camera rolled.
Doing so many newsroom tours, Strahan did not seem immediately aware of his whereabouts, first mistaking the SMH for Channel Seven and then congratulating The Sydney Morning Herald Editor on the great work everyone was doing at this “magazine”.
“It would be like measuring the desirability of Bachelor Richie by how well he serviced a jet plane.”
“It would be like measuring the desirability of Bachelor Richie by how well he serviced a jet plane.” Photo: Janie Barrett
There was also some geographical confusion, mistaking this Irish reporter for Scottish even after correction.
Strahan: “Are you Scottish?”
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Reporter: “No, I’m Irish.”
Strahan: “Are you from Aberdeen?”
Reporter: “No, Ireland.”
Strahan: “I think we are similar, I have some Scottish in me, I think.”
Reporter: “Great, I’m Irish though.”
But using Strahan as the publicity machine to promote the top-rating show is a clever move, as the down-to-earth, friendly and likable bachelor had everyone from news editors to sports editors to photo editors swooning over him and cosying up for selfies.
Making everyone feel at ease in his presence, he happily chit-chatted about life in Perth, being raised by two women, explaining what a rope technician is and regularly asking others which bachelorette was their favourite.
This reporter said Nikki Gogan for the win, but Keira as the favourite, to which he replied: “I am also on the K Team”.
Catch Richie Strahan next on Wednesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on Channel Ten.
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The Sydney Morning Herald receives a gentleman caller.