Saturday Night Rove kicks off with brutal Karl Stefanovic joke – but many viewers switch McManus’ TV return off due to ‘inappropriate’ sex act joke
Rove McManus’ highly-anticipated Saturday Night Rove debuted on Channel 10 last night, one year after being given the green light during Pilot Week 2018.
But the program has received a mixed response from viewers, with many switching off due to adult content during the 7:30PM family-friendly time slot.
From a brutal swipe at former Today host Karl Stefanovic during the opening titles, to singing about masturbating, the first episode certainly raised eyebrows.
Saturday Night Rove kicked off with a brutal Karl Stefanovic joke this weekend – but many fans unexpectedly switched McManus’ TV return off due to ‘inappropriate’ content
‘Who said television was dead? I did, because it is,’ declared comedian Judith Lucy in a voice-over during the show’s opening titles.
Judith continued: ‘But live TV isn’t! Welcome to Tuesday Morning Stefanovic – just kidding, we want the show to rate.’
A graphic of axed Today host Karl’s head on a dancing body then flashed on screen.
‘Welcome to Tuesday Morning Stefanovic – just kidding, we want the show to rate,’ said Judith Lucy during the opening titles, as a graphic of Karl Stefanovic dancing appeared
‘Too much swearing’: Although Judith didn’t appear on screen, her voice-over continued throughout the episode, with viewers shocked at some of her jokes
‘Not a show for kids… Judith needs her own R rated show,’ tweeted one viewer
Although Judith didn’t appear on screen, her voice-over continued throughout the episode, often providing the most shocking gags and language.
But some viewers found her presence overbearing, with one tweeting: ‘Did not like Judith Lucy sorry. Bit too much swearing for family time slot.’
Another added: ‘I love you Rove, but why why why the grating, crude and unfunny Judith Lucy?’
Funny or too far? A further segment with artist Anthony Callea (L) and comedian Alex Lee (R) ranting about mundane everyday problems via song continued to shock
‘We know what you do with [your time],’ said Alex in a skit about traffic, with Anthony singing: ‘Oooooh, you masturbate and watch repeat episodes of Grand Designs’
A further segment with artist Anthony Callea and comedian Alex Lee ranting about mundane everyday problems via song continued to shock.
‘You’re losing your minds over a couple of seconds of lost time but your time is not that precious. We know what you do with it,’ said Alex in a skit about traffic.
Anthony then sung in response: ‘Oooooh, you masturbate and watch repeat episodes of Grand Designs, that you’ve seen… Seen… Seen…’
‘Mum says this is c**p’: The raunchy joke led to one viewer abruptly switching off
Not so family friendly? Another viewer took to Twitter to blast the show as ‘inappropriate’
’12 months of pre production for THAT?’ Rove McManus’ Saturday Night Rove debuted on Channel 10 last night, one year after being given the green light during Pilot Week 2018
Shocked at the segment, one viewer Tweeted: ‘Stiffys [and] masturbating before 8.15 on a weekend is not cool for an 11 and 9yr old! Mum says this is c**p.’
Another added: ‘#SaturdayNightRove was painful. Not a show for the little kids that’s for sure. Judith needs her own R-rated late night show.’
A third ranted: ‘A tad inappropriate for the 7:30-8:30pm time slot.’
Return: Away from the adult jokes and language, viewers enjoyed having Rove back on TV
Away from the adult jokes and language, viewers did enjoy having Rove back on TV.
‘I absolutely loved watching #SaturdayNightRove tonight!’ one tweeted.
‘It reminded me of the days when my kids were little and we hoped he’d come to our door! Great memories flooding back! Thanks @Rove for coming back!!’
Another wrote: ‘#SaturdayNightRove Soo I kinda liked it, it’s not amazing but it’s funny and can we get some musical performances please?’
‘I absolutely loved watching #SaturdayNightRove tonight!’ one happy viewer wrote
‘Something different’: Other people enjoyed having something new to watch on a Saturday