Ten farewells Paul Henry with 'Hamster Wheel' highlight video

Channel 10's low rating Breakfast signed off for the final time today.

The show featured a Paul Henry-heavy highlight reel compiled by the ABC satirical show "The Hamster Wheel."

The New Zealand import failed to spark ratings at the struggling Australian show, which was officially cancelled last month.

Yesterday, it had just 34,000 viewers. Mr Henry is said to be in negotiations for a possible return to TVNZ.

The highlight reel is okay but still not vintage Henry. NBR still prefers his fork interlude (see clip bottom of story).

The final show also included a cameo appearance from trade unionist David Noonan, who managed to flaw Mr Henry in September.

The pair politely made up. NBR would rather remember their initial exchange:

A transcript:

Paul Henry: Do you want to apologise to the taxpayers and the people of Melbourne who’d like to use that street and the taxpayers who’re funding the police activity there.

Do you want to apologise to those people now?

David Noonan: Well you know Paul I think you’ve got a particular political view of the world.

You were bought over in the last few months from New Zealand.

Mate, construction workers in New Zealand earn a lot less than they do in Australia and the sort of right wing shock jock stuff you want to go on with really isn’t going to faze me.

We have a right a right to peaceful protest. We’ve got an important issue here and cheap shots like that really aren’t going to impress anybody.

Paul Henry: Right, so no apologies. Thanks for joining us this morning, David.

David Noonan: So no apologies to you mate. And no apologies for the fact your show has so few viewers.

[An awkward pause follows, before the camera cuts away to a news headline update before Henry comes back onscreen]

Paul Henry: Alrighty. I disagree with almost everything he said with the exception of the too few viewers thing. That is a shame.

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Just when we thought we were safe bloody Paul Henry is moving back??


I guess this proves Aussies & Kiwis are exactly the same after all.


Damn! How can we stop him at the border? Can someone put an apple in his bag. We do not need him here. He won't ever feature on my screen Dip______t


We'll take him in the US. You guys are too damn uptight. Who cares if you don't agree with everything he says. At least when something's up you can trust him to say it. Instead, you opt for the watered down, apparently.


Flaw? Surely you meant floor?


Sorry for Kathryn but pleased Paul has gone he was cringeworthy indeed


Don't watch him if he makes you cringe. I like the guy. Think he's funny. We're not all super serious, PC fun haters...


I hadn't watched morning breakfast shows for a very long time. I saw the other two on the same time. They seemed very stale, predictible and boring. When I saw Paul Henry it seemed like a refreshing approach to the concept. I don't speak Tagalog but I think I'd rather watch Bandila on SBS now that Henry's gone.


He's not that bad. Have any of you watched that tripe on channel 9 & 7? Obviously 300k + must think those hosts are talented, funny and entertaining. Sadly you are sick indeed unless it's simply for the cash give-a-ways. Otherwise it looks like Aus has become as PC as NZ. How sad.
Aus has Lara Bingle, NZ has the Ridges and the US has the Kardashians. I'll take Paul Henry any day.


He is a loser and losers get losers.


Please, please, please may he stay in Oz. They are welcome to keep him!


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