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Adele: Weekend Sunrise’s Matt Doran addresses his car-crash interview with Adele

Matt Doran returned to Weekend Sunrise on Saturday and finally addressed his controversial interview with Adele

Earlier this month, the Channel Seven reporter and journalist had flown to London to interview the chart-topping singer, 33, for the Seven Network – but shockingly admitted during the chat he hadn’t actually listened to her new album, 30. 

An ‘offended’ Adele was then said to have walked out of the interview, which some sources have since denied, which the network allegedly spent $1million on.

Matt, 37, appearing completely devastated, issued a grovelling apology to Adele on Weekend Sunrise and blamed the saga on a ‘missed email’, before admitting the interview was meant to be ‘one of the highlights’ of his career.  

Speaking out: On Weekend Sunrise on Saturday, a devastated Matt Doran finally broke his silence on his car-crash interview with Adele and issued a grovelling apology to the singer – after claims she ‘walked out’ when she discovered he hadn’t listened to her new album 

‘This is a story that has sparked from around the world, a torrent of abuse and mockery from around the world, and if I’m being honest with you, the bulk of this savaging I deserve and I totally own,’ he began. 

‘I flew to London to interview Adele, an unspeakable privilege and what was to be one of the highlights of my career. 

‘I made the terrible mistake of assuming we weren’t to be given a preview a copy of this album, because our interview was airing before it was released and Adele’s album was the industry’s most-prized secret.’  

Matt explained: ‘The day after, after we landed in London an email came through from Sony. It didn’t mention Adele, but it did contain a link to her album.

‘The genuine, dead-set, hand on heart truth is that I missed it. By an absurdly long margin, the most important email I’ve ever missed in my life.’

The journalist confirmed that Adele ‘did not walk out’ of their chat and that it in fact ran overtime.

Car-crash interview: Earlier this month, he had flown to London to interview the chart-topping singer, 33, for the Seven Network - but shockingly admitted during the chat he hadn't actually listened to her new album, 30

Car-crash interview: Earlier this month, he had flown to London to interview the chart-topping singer, 33, for the Seven Network – but shockingly admitted during the chat he hadn’t actually listened to her new album, 30

‘At least half of the interview focused squarely on the new music,’ he said, noting that he thought it ‘reductive’ to speak of the album as being about her divorce to Simon Konecki.

‘I thought it was reductive to describe it as simply being about divorce, that it was about empowerment, and would inspire to summon the courage to steer their lives in a new direction.

Matt revealed that they spoke at length about her career and artistry, fame, ‘the majesty’ of her voice, and ‘what it must be like come out of one’s own mouth.’

He noted that she shared how she came up with her leading single Go Easy On Me in part while singing acapella in the shower, and how her album 30 helped repair her relationship her now-late father, Mark Evans, before his passing earlier in May. 

Matt explained: 'The day after, after we landed in London an email came through from Sony. It didn't mention Adele, but it did contain a link to her album. The genuine, dead-set, hand on heart truth is that I missed it... the most important email I've ever missed in my life'

Matt explained: ‘The day after, after we landed in London an email came through from Sony. It didn’t mention Adele, but it did contain a link to her album. The genuine, dead-set, hand on heart truth is that I missed it… the most important email I’ve ever missed in my life’ 

Matt continued: ‘Throughout the 29 minutes, Adele was profound, she was very funny, she was raw and then she was honest. Honest enough to describe her depression as “end-of-the-world stuff.”‘

But he conceded that none of it mattered because miss the link to the album was an insult to Adele.

Matt said: ‘To Adele, I say, I’d never have knowingly disrespected you by deliberately not listening to your work. I am so sorry. 

He also apologised to her fans, saying: ‘I also apologise to Adele’s Australian fans, and to you, our viewers, who through my error have been denied this interview and the insight into her character.

Matt then quoted her song Hold On, the tenth track from 30, and said: ‘In the bridge after the second chorus you write that: “Sometimes forgiveness is easiest in secret”

‘I’m not expecting that forgiveness, but I do owe you an apology,’ he concluded.

Apology: Matt said, 'To Adele, I say, I'd never have knowingly disrespected you by deliberately not listening to your work. I am so sorry. He also apologised to her fans, saying: 'through my error have been denied this interview and the insight into her character'

Apology: Matt said, ‘To Adele, I say, I’d never have knowingly disrespected you by deliberately not listening to your work. I am so sorry. He also apologised to her fans, saying: ‘through my error have been denied this interview and the insight into her character’

This comes after he told The Daily Telegraph that he has ‘no choice’ but to speak about the scandal.

‘I’ve had inquiries from Good Morning Britain, CNN, Dubai and Japan,’ he said on Friday.

Matt also insisted that he’d dedicated hours preparing for the interview, contrary to reports.

‘I spent the next five hours at my desk preparing for the interview. And we got to the interview three hours early the next day,’ he told the paper.

Denied: Matt also denied rumours that his fiancée, executive producer of Today, Kendall Bora (right), had travelled to London with him

Denied: Matt also denied rumours that his fiancée, executive producer of Today, Kendall Bora (right), had travelled to London with him

He also denied rumours that his fiancée, executive producer of Today, Kendall Bora, had travelled to London with him.

Matt says Kendall had flown to Geneva to see her family there, then returned to London four days after the interview so they could fly home together.

It comes after Doran was reportedly taken off the air for two weeks after ‘offending’ the 33-year-old hitmaker – a claim the journalist has since disputed.

Travel: He said Kendall had flown to Geneva to see her family there, then returned to London four days after the interview so they could fly home together

Travel: He said Kendall had flown to Geneva to see her family there, then returned to London four days after the interview so they could fly home together

Doran had flown to London to chat with the pop diva but admitted during the chat he hadn’t actually listened to her new album, reported The Sunday Telegraph.

He was then ‘suspended by Seven Network bosses’, the newspaper claimed – but Doran later clarified there was no formal suspension and he just took a week off.

Doran sat down with the Hello hitmaker for a ’20-30 minute’ interview, during which he did not ‘ask a single question about the new album’.

When asked by Adele what he thought of her 30 album, Doran allegedly admitted he had not listened to it. 

Disputed: An 'offended' Adele is then said to have walked out of the interview; however, other sources have disputed this. Pictured on Oprah

 Disputed: An ‘offended’ Adele is then said to have walked out of the interview; however, other sources have disputed this. Pictured on Oprah 

An ‘offended’ Adele is then said to have walked out of the interview; however, other sources have disputed this.

Although the interview was recorded, Adele’s label Sony reportedly denied Seven the rights to air any portion of it.

The network allegedly spent $1million on the ill-fated interview, plus her sit-down with Oprah Winfrey and footage from her One Night Only concert.

Seven still kept the rights to the latter two broadcasts, which aired on Sunday night

Read Matt Doran’s full apology to Adele:   

At the end of Weekend Sunrise on Saturday, Matt Doran addressed the speculation surround his disastrous interview with Adele and apologised to the British singer and her fans.

‘This is a story that has sparked from around the world, a torrent of abuse and mockery from around the world, and if I’m being honest with you, the bulk of this savaging I deserve and I totally own,’ Matt began. 

‘I flew to London to interview Adele, an unspeakable privilege and what was to be one of the highlights of my career. 

‘I made the terrible mistake of assuming we weren’t to be given a preview a copy of this album, because our interview was airing before it was released and Adele’s album was the industry’s most-prized secret.’ 

‘The day after, after we landed in London an email came through from Sony. It didn’t mention Adele, but it did contain a link to her album.

‘The genuine, dead-set, hand on heart truth is that I missed it. By an absurdly long margin, the most important email I’ve ever missed in my life.

‘The interview itself – Adele didn’t walk out – it ran overtime. At least half of the interview focused squarely on the new music.

‘But I thought it was reductive to describe it as simply being about divorce, that it was about empowerment, and would inspire to summon the courage to steer their lives in a new direction.

‘We spoke of the paradox that is being the world’s most famous artist, but hating fame. 

‘We also discussed at length the concept of pure artistry, the majesty of Adele’s voice, what it must be like come out of one’s own mouth, how Go Easy On Me was conceived in part by singing acapella in the shower, and how the album helped repair her relationship towards the end with her now-late father.

‘Throughout the 29 minutes, Adele was profound, she was very funny, she was raw and then she was honest. Honest enough to describe her depression as ‘end-of-the-world stuff.’

‘But all that doesn’t matter, because by missing the album link however I might try to justify it, I’ve insulted Adele.

‘To Adele, I say, I’d never have knowingly disrespected you by deliberately not listening to your work. I am so sorry. I also apologise to Adele’s Australian fans, and to you, our viewers, who through my error have been denied this interview and the insight into her character.

‘Adele, track 10, ‘Hold On’ – in the bridge after the second chorus you write that: “Sometimes forgiveness is easiest in secret”

‘I’m not expecting that forgiveness, but I do owe you an apology.

‘Thank you so much for joining us here this morning at Weekend Sunrise. That’s all for today, we’ll see you tomorrow.’


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