Matt Doran, Adele: Seven's CEO stands by reporter, denies $1million figure



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 to hear that sound come out of ones 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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