Viewers slam Channel Seven’s ‘bizarre’ tell-all interview with Craig McLachlan which included the actor defending himself via musical numbers following sexual harassment charges
Craig McLachlan took part in an explosive interview with 7NEWS Spotlight, which aired on Sunday.
It was a chance for the actor, 55, to speak out after he was acquitted of sexual harassment charges in December.
During the 90 minute special, McLachlan bizarrely defended himself in multiple self-penned songs.
He also acted out portions of a hit musical in his living room, as a means of illustrating how he could not have committed the offenses he was accused of.
However, not everyone was impressed, with many viewers sharing their concerns on Twitter.
One person Tweeted: ‘I have no opinion on the guilt or innocence of Craig McLachlan but WTF was that show? Interview? Mockumentary? Song and dance man audition? F**king weird.’
‘This is so cringe’ another wrote, while someone else agreed, ‘Well that interview went down like a lead balloon’.
Yet another added: ‘Flicked over to channel 7 and f**k this is embarrassing for all concerned.’
One more penned: ‘Ha! And there you have it folks – a tortuous hour long publicity stunt to revive a dead career.’
Someone wondered: ‘What’s with the musical interludes?’ while another viewer asked, ‘Is this the tenth musical number?’
Another asked: ‘Am I really awake because I could be dreaming this completely bizarre production?’
‘Everyone involved in this Craig McLachlan show should be fired. Out of a canon. Into the sun,’ another dubious viewer Tweeted.
Industry insiders also weighed in, with Kevin Perry, co-editor of TV Blackbox, writing: ‘It’s not my place to say who is guilty and who is innocent.
‘I will say that #CraigMcLachlan interview was a poorly produced piece of Television that will only foster the prejudices many people already feel about that case.’
Former Gogglebox star Yvie Jones Tweeted: ‘He’s literally using this opportunity to perform again!!! This is truly bizarre.’
‘I’ve been trying to think of a way to describe the Channel Seven special on Craig McLachlan that aired tonight. I am speechless. It was just simply bizarre,’ TV Week editor Amber Giles wrote.
‘WTF is going on with this Craig McLachlan interview. I never seen someone use performance art to defend themselves. If he starts miming his defense I’m done!’ radio star Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann wrote.
During the interview, McLachlan shared shocking footage of the moment he contemplated taking his own life.
The former Neighbours star was seen in self-filmed video clips, sitting on what he called the ‘Will I? or Won’t I? log’ alongside a waterway.
McLachlan went on to admit that he did eventually attempt suicide, but by chance, he was unsuccessful.
He also recounted the shocking moment a woman shielded her children from him in a supermarket, shortly after the allegations were made public.
Elsewhere in the interview, McLachlan stormed of the interview in tears, after claiming he had remained friends with one of his accusers for years after the alleged assault.
In December, McLachlan was found not guilty of indecently assaulting actors during the running of a hit musical.
Police had alleged McLachlan either indecently assaulted or assaulted four complainants in Melbourne between April 26, 2014 and July 13, 2014.
In a 105 page decision, Melbourne Magistrate Belinda Wallington found McLachlan not guilty of all charges.
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