Dr Mumbo

Michael Pell’s Sunrise nightmare almost comes true

Dr Mumbo thought that Seven Network’s plan to broadcast morning show Sunrise from five different countries in five days would be a logistical nightmare.

He wasn’t wrong – new behind the scenes footage from the world tour shows just how close the team came to missing their broadcast in New York today.

After Sunrise’s executive producer Michael Pell told Mumbrella last week that the team would be working with no contingency plan and tight schedules, Dr Mumbo took great interest in the global broadcast to see if it all went to plan.

Airline staff told the Sunrise hosts their flight would be delayed at London’s Heathrow airport for “at least half an hour,” which turned into an over two hour delay.

With vague excuses like: ‘The airspace is full” and “We can’t work out how much fuel is in the engine,” the footage shows Natalie Barr and Sam Armytage having their makeup applied in the emergency exit row of the plane.

They made the broadcast – just – revealing Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies were drafted in on standby as last-minute replacements.


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