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Adele fans troll Matt Doran for forgetting to listen to her album before $1M interview


Channel Seven presenter Matt Doran’s last Instagram post has been flooded with angry comments after he failed to listen to Adele‘s new album before interviewing her earlier this month, causing a major headache for his network.

Doran, 37, had travelled to London to interview Adele on November 4, and marked the occasion by posting a selfie alongside two crew members.

Referring to his interview with the British singer, 33, in the caption, the Weekend Sunrise host wrote: ‘Back at it with the boys! This one is going to be pretty special.’

'This didn't age well': Adele fans are trolling Aussie reporter Matt Doran (right) for forgetting to listen to her album before their interview earlier this month. His last Instagram post, with the caption 'This one is going to be pretty special', has now taken on an ironic new meaning

‘This didn’t age well’: Adele fans are trolling Aussie reporter Matt Doran (right) for forgetting to listen to her album before their interview earlier this month. His last Instagram post, with the caption ‘This one is going to be pretty special’, has now taken on an ironic new meaning

This once-innocuous post has become a target for mockery since Doran’s botched interview saga came to light on Sunday.

‘This picture did not age well at all,’ one troll commented beneath the photo. 

Another pointed out the irony of Doran’s caption: ‘It turns out, it was not going to be special.’ 

 

'It turns out, it was not going to special': The once-innocuous post has become a target for mockery since Doran's botched interview saga came to light on Sunday

‘It turns out, it was not going to special’: The once-innocuous post has become a target for mockery since Doran’s botched interview saga came to light on Sunday

Others suggested Doran take down the regrettable post, with one commenting: ‘Lol why do you still have this post up? Might be best to just delete it…’

Hundreds of Adele fans simply couldn’t believe the reporter hadn’t prepared for his sit-down with the superstar, criticising him for failing to do ‘the bare minimum’.  

‘How embarrassing. So special you couldn’t even do the research,’ one wrote.  

Time to go? Others suggested Doran take down the regrettable post, with one commenting: 'Lol why do you still have this post up? Might be best to just delete it...'

Time to go? Others suggested Doran take down the regrettable post, with one commenting: ‘Lol why do you still have this post up? Might be best to just delete it…’

‘Could’ve listened to one song in the time it took to take this pic, write a caption and upload it,’ another grumbled.  

It comes after Doran apologised to Adele on Monday for failing to listen to her new album before interviewing her.

Doran’s gaffe outraged her record label Sony, which refused to allow Seven to air the interview as part of its $1million package that also included broadcast rights to Adele’s One Night Only concert and her sit-down with Oprah Winfrey.

'Spend some time being a journalist before you do Instagram, dude': Hundreds of Adele fans simply couldn't believe the reporter hadn't prepared for his sit-down with the superstar, criticising him for failing to do 'the bare minimum'

‘Spend some time being a journalist before you do Instagram, dude’: Hundreds of Adele fans simply couldn’t believe the reporter hadn’t prepared for his sit-down with the superstar, criticising him for failing to do ‘the bare minimum’

The Weekend Sunrise host told The Australian he was ‘mortified and unequivocally apologetic’ to the British singer for being so unprepared. 

Doran explained he’d missed the ‘e-card’ link to the album, so he wasn’t able to listen to it after his flight from Sydney to London.

‘When I sat down to interview Adele, I was totally unaware that I’d been emailed a preview of her unreleased album,’ he said.  

Gaffe: Doran (right, with Monique Wright) apologised to Adele on Monday for failing to listen to her new album before interviewing her in London

Gaffe: Doran (right, with Monique Wright) apologised to Adele on Monday for failing to listen to her new album before interviewing her in London

‘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.’

Reports surfaced on Sunday that an ‘offended’ Adele had ‘stormed out’ of the interview, which was filmed by Sony rather than a Seven crew, after Doran told her he’d only heard one song from her latest release.

Sony responded by banning the network from airing any part of the interview during its One Night Only package, for which Seven had paid $1million for exclusive rights.

Saying sorry: The Weekend Sunrise host told The Australian he was 'mortified and unequivocally apologetic' to the British singer, 33, for being so unprepared. Pictured: Adele during her interview with Oprah Winfrey for her One Night Only concert special

Saying sorry: The Weekend Sunrise host told The Australian he was ‘mortified and unequivocally apologetic’ to the British singer, 33, for being so unprepared. Pictured: Adele during her interview with Oprah Winfrey for her One Night Only concert special

Seven executives were said to be furious and ‘suspended’ Doran for two weeks. He returned to screens on Weekend Sunrise alongside Monique Wright on Saturday. 

However, the TV personality disputed this, saying the Someone Like You hitmaker ‘didn’t storm out’ and in fact agreed to speak to him for another nine minutes.

‘Adele didn’t storm out. In fact, it was the polar opposite. What was meant to be 20 minutes was extended to 29 minutes,’ he said.

Unprepared: The gaffe outraged her record label Sony, which refused to allow Seven to air the interview as part of its $1million package thatalso included rights to Adele's One Night Only concert. Matt pictured with Monique Wright)

Unprepared: The gaffe outraged her record label Sony, which refused to allow Seven to air the interview as part of its $1million package that also included rights to Adele’s One Night Only concert. Matt pictured with Monique Wright

‘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.’

Doran said he’d ‘implored Sony to release the interview’ and also clarified he hadn’t been ‘suspended’ for the gaffe and was simply absent from Sunrise for one weekend.

The reporter had flown thousands of miles to London to chat with the pop star on November 4, but he awkwardly admitted during the interview he hadn’t actually listened to her new album, The Sunday Telegraph reported.

Explanation: Doran (left, with Kylie Gillies on Sunday's The Morning Show) explained that a problem with his emails meant he missed the 'e-card' link to the album, so he wasn't able to listen to it after his flight from Sydney to London

Explanation: Doran (left, with Kylie Gillies on Sunday’s The Morning Show) explained that a problem with his emails meant he missed the ‘e-card’ link to the album, so he wasn’t able to listen to it after his flight from Sydney to London 

Doran reportedly sat down with the Hello hitmaker for a ’20-30 minute’ interview, during which he did not ‘ask a single question about the new album’.

When asked by Adele what he thought of her album 30, Doran admitted he had not listened to it.

An offended Adele then allegedly walked out of the interview; however, other sources claimed the interview was already finished by this time.

Embarrassing: The reporter had flown thousands of miles to London to chat with the pop star on November 4, but he admitted during the interview he hadn't actually listened to her new album, The Sunday Telegraph reported. Pictured: Adele during a recent British TV appearance

Embarrassing: The reporter had flown thousands of miles to London to chat with the pop star on November 4, but he admitted during the interview he hadn’t actually listened to her new album, The Sunday Telegraph reported. Pictured: Adele during a recent British TV appearance

Although the sit-down was recorded, Sony has denied Seven the rights to air any portion of it.

A Sony spokesperson declined to comment.

The network is believed to have spent $1million on the ill-fated interview, an Oprah chat with Adele, and footage from her One Night Only concert.

Seven seemingly still has the rights to the latter two broadcasts because the network is continuing to advertise both on social media. 

‘Angry’ Seven executives went on to pull Doran off the air for a fortnight – but he has since denied this was a formal suspension.

The journalist’s gaffe was alluded to on Seven’s The Morning Show on Sunday when  he boasted he was a ‘monstrous fan’ of Adele while on air with co-host Kylie Gillies.

Career: Doran has had a successful career as a journalist, previously working for The Herald Sun newspaper, before signing with Channel 10 and then the Seven Network. He is engaged to Channel Nine producer Kendall Bora (right)

Career: Doran has had a successful career as a journalist, previously working for The Herald Sun newspaper, before signing with Channel 10 and then the Seven Network. He is engaged to Channel Nine producer Kendall Bora (right)

During the episode, Gillies was discussing the singer’s age, telling viewers: ‘With [the new album] being called 30, we’ve been asking in droves – how old is Adele?

‘It’s only right we should ask Australia’s biggest Adele fan, Matt Doran…’

Without hesitation, Doran responded: ‘I am a monstrous fan, Kylie.’ 

Seemingly having done his research after his interview stuff-up, he went on to list facts about Adele’s back catalogue, saying: ‘And this album follows other numerically titled albums.

‘Her debut was 19, then came 21, and then 25 – all reflecting the age she was when Adele wrote them. 30 was mostly written when she was 30 years old.’

Following a dramatic drum roll, Doran announced: ‘Today, on launch date, Adele is 33 years, 28 weeks and two days.’

Meanwhile, Adele fans mocked Doran on social media for his remarkable gaffe, with one writing on Facebook: ‘You had one obvious job and you messed up bad.’ 

'Basic 101': Adele fans mocked Doran on social media for his remarkable gaffe, with one writing on Facebook : 'You had one obvious job and you messed up bad'

‘Basic 101’: Adele fans mocked Doran on social media for his remarkable gaffe, with one writing on Facebook : ‘You had one obvious job and you messed up bad’

‘Basic 101 in subject matter prep for an interview. Lesson learnt,’ another added. 

A third compared Matt’s error to participating in an exam but not studying.

However, others argued the decision to ‘suspend’ Matt wasn’t necessary, with one commenting: ‘I think two weeks suspension is a bit over the top.’

Other Aussie journalists soon joined the pile-on.

SBS presenter Marc Fennell tweeted: ‘Re: Adele / Channel Seven. I’ve spent over a decade interviewing major actors, musicians around the world. Negotiating access, researching for genuinely interesting convo? That’s the hard part.

Incredulous: SBS presenter Marc Fennell tweeted: 'Re: Adele / Channel Seven. I've spent over a decade interviewing major actors, musicians around the world. Negotiating access, researching for genuinely interesting convo? That's the hard part'

Incredulous: SBS presenter Marc Fennell tweeted: ‘Re: Adele / Channel Seven. I’ve spent over a decade interviewing major actors, musicians around the world. Negotiating access, researching for genuinely interesting convo? That’s the hard part’

Stunned: Elle and Marie Claire editor Alex Bruce-Smith wrote, 'One million dollars and he didn't even listen to the album'

Stunned: Elle and Marie Claire editor Alex Bruce-Smith wrote, ‘One million dollars and he didn’t even listen to the album’

Speculation: Author and podcast host Rosie Waterland wondered 'how bad must the interview have been' for Adele to ask Doran if he'd even listened to her album

Speculation: Author and podcast host Rosie Waterland wondered ‘how bad must the interview have been’ for Adele to ask Doran if he’d even listened to her album

‘Literally the *easiest* part is listening to the album on a 14-hour (likely business class) flight.

‘Look, no one knows the specifics of what went down but I *do* know that Adele would’ve been an incredible interview in the right hands and Channel Seven has many, many people that would’ve done a killer job.’

Elle and Marie Claire editor Alex Bruce-Smith wrote: ‘One million dollars and he didn’t even listen to the album. Every time I’ve thought about this story today I want to die a little.’

Author and podcast host Rosie Waterland added: ‘I just keep thinking… how bad must the interview have been, that Adele actually asked him if he’d listened to the album? One Google search would’ve revealed it’s about her divorce (at its simplest). He must have been so willfully uninterested for it to be obvious he knew nothing.’

Doran has had a successful career as a journalist, previously working for The Herald Sun newspaper, before signing with Channel 10 and then the Seven Network.

He is engaged to Channel Nine producer Kendall Bora. 

Superstar: Adele's latest album has been lauded by fans and critics alike since it was released on November 19

Superstar: Adele’s latest album has been lauded by fans and critics alike since it was released on November 19

Adele’s latest album has been lauded by fans and critics alike since it was released on November 19.  

Its lead single, Easy on Me, was released on October 15 to immediate success, topping the charts around the world.

While Adele hasn’t commented on her car-crash interview with Doran, she did share a tweet on Sunday hinting at the importance of listening to an album properly. 

Catchy: Its lead single, Easy on Me, was released on October 15 to immediate success, topping the charts around the world

Catchy: Its lead single, Easy on Me, was released on October 15 to immediate success, topping the charts around the world 

She reposted a link to a Pop Crave article about Spotify removing the shuffle button as the default option when playing albums.

‘This was the only request I had in our ever changing industry! We don’t create albums with so much care and thought into our track listing for no reason,’ she wrote.

‘Our art tells a story and our stories should be listened to as we intended. Thank you Spotify for listening.’

The streaming platform replied: ‘Anything for you.’ 

Hint: While Adele hasn't commented on the Doran interview, she did tweet on Sunday about the importance of listening to an album properly. She reacted to Spotify removing the shuffle button as the default option when playing albums, saying tracklists are important to artists

Hint: While Adele hasn’t commented on the Doran interview, she did tweet on Sunday about the importance of listening to an album properly. She reacted to Spotify removing the shuffle button as the default option when playing albums, saying tracklists are important to artists 

Success! The streaming platform replied: 'Anything for you'

Success! The streaming platform replied: ‘Anything for you’



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