Commentary connoisseur Bruce McAvaney stole the show at the Logies with a speech for the ages after being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Bruce McAvaney has stolen the show at the 2022 Logie Awards.
The sporting icon was given a standing ovation as he made his way to the microphone after being inducted into the TV Week Logies Hall of Fame.
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McAvaney has delighted fans over countless years with his wizardry behind the microphone and he delivered once again on Sunday night after AFL legend Leigh Matthews announced the prestigious award.
“I am emotional but my voice is not as strong as it should be tonight,” he said.
“I wondered how I’d feel tonight when I walked up here. I feel a lot of love actually and a lot of warmth.”
He went on to thank the one person who had a “profound effect on his career”, his wife Annie.
“Gary Fenton and Gordon Bennett mentored me at Seven and introduced me to a young journalist, Anne Johnson who became my wife and has had a profound effect on my career. Annie, thank you,” he said.
Social media lit up like a Christmas tree after McAvaney was announced and the tributes continued to pour in as his speech unfolded.
“Beauty Bruce,” Basil Zempilas wrote.
“Australia’s greatest sports broadcaster Bruce McAvaney inducted into Australia’s television Hall Of Fame, very special! A true icon,” journalist Andrew Hawkins wrote.
“Beautiful, heartwarming speech by Bruce McAvaney as he accepted entry into the Hall of Fame at #Logies2022. He was moving, inspirational, humble and must have worked in 50 names of those he loved, without ever being dull. No autocue, straight from the heart. Bravo, Bruce,” Peter FitzSimons tweeted.
“Bruce McAvaney you really are very special and we are so lucky to have you on our screens. So many sporting moments have been enhanced because of you. The words, the delivery, all adding to the occasion. You are one of a kind. A deserving honor for an amazing human!” Former Olympian Tamsyn Manou wrote.
McAvaney may have walked away from the AFL commentary box, but his Olympic’s days are far from numbered. Earlier in the evening he refused to give into retirement talk, saying he’s not done yet.
“I feel so enthusiastic at the moment,” he said.
“I’ll go for as long as I feel I can do them well.”