Weekend Sunrise co-host Matt Doran has spoken out following a disastrous interview with megastar Adele, where admitted that he hadn't listened to her new album, 30, despite receiving a copy of the record in advance.
Matt flew to London on November 4 for the exclusive chat, which reportedly cost Channel 7 $1 million in order to nab the One Night Only package and interview.
During the 20 minute interview with the pop star, Matt reportedly didn't ask any questions about her new album, according to The Daily Telegraph.
When Adele asked the reporter, "What do you think of my album?" he replied: "I haven't listened to it."
While sources say that the star then stormed out of the interview, Matt has refuted the claims, as well as saying that he was "mortified" that he "missed" an email containing a copy of Adele's album in question.
"When I sat down to interview Adele, I was totally unaware that I'd been emailed a preview of her unreleased album," Matt told The Australian.
"I have since discovered it was sent to me as an 'e card' link, which I somehow missed upon landing in London. It was an oversight but NOT a deliberate snub. This is the most important email I have ever missed."
"Adele didn't storm out. In fact, it was the polar opposite," the host continued.
"What was meant to be 20 minutes was extended to 29 minutes. The majority of the chat was about the album. I told her: 'I've only had the privilege of hearing 'Easy on Me', but not the other tracks'.
"As part of a long discussion about the new album, I remark that it would be reductive to say it's about heartbreak and divorce; instead, it's about empowerment and hope."
Following the disastrous interview, Sony then blocked Channel 7 from using the interview footage, forcing the network to hastily piece together footage of artists covering Adele for the One Night Only special aired on Sunday.
Matt added that at the end of the interview, he asked the two Sony reps: "'Is there anything you want struck out?' I'm utterly confounded. I've implored Sony to release the interview."
He also denied that he had been suspended from Weekend Sunrise for two weeks over the gaffe.
This article was originally published on our sister site New Idea.