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‘Why the hell do I have the same three panelists?’ Rove erupts as he learns he isn’t hosting The Project permanently

Rove’s agent has pleaded with the public to have some sympathy for him, as it’s just that he “hasn’t been on TV for a while.”

Rove’s agent has pleaded with the public to have some sympathy for him, as it’s just that he “hasn’t been on TV for a while.”

Chaos and anger have erupted at MediaWorks studios this evening as noted Australian Rove McManus has showed up to film the show’s second episode, apparently believing himself to have been the permanent host of the programme.

Rove was the first guest-host of Three’s latest attempt to smother current affairs to death last night, but in an apparent misunderstanding, turned up for filming again this afternoon.

“Why the fucking hell do I have the same three panelists?” Rove screeched as he arrived on set, tossing a cup of hot coffee on a nearby producer. “Whose idea was this!?”

When informed that Jesse Mulligan, Kanoa Lloyd and Josh Thomson were a permanent fixture of the show – and he was only temporary – things became more violent.

“These three!?” he scoffed. “You can’t have a different host every night. You’ll run out of good hosts willing to go on this shitshow in two weeks, and then it’ll just be Paul fucking Henry permanently, won’t it?”

McManus physically lashed out at several camera operators with a sharp bread stick from a nearby catering table, and lay in a foetal position on the floor to avoid being removed by security.

New Zealand-born model Kylie Bax was set to guest-host the programme tonight, but with less than half an hour to go until it airs, it’s still uncertain whether McManus will have left.

Sources say that MediaWorks may just concede to the Australian comedian, and extend the desk to include both him and Kylie Bax, something they say is consistent with their long-term plan to gradually move Jesse Mulligan further and further to the left of screen until he’s off it entirely.