‘Take the lead back to the beginning’: Hilarious footage of journo’s slip-up, saying lockdown won't end until 2070

Emily CosenzaNCA NewsWire
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Hilarious footage has re-emerged of an ABC host slipping up on air, telling viewers Victoria’s lockdown would not end for another 49 years.

On the September 1 episode of The Drum, journalist Ellen Fanning fumbled as she began introducing a story about the Covid-19 situation at the time.

“Daniel Andrews has announced that Victoria‘s lockdown will be extended until 2070,” Fanning said.

She quickly realised her mistake and said: “Sorry, it will not. Take the lead back to the beginning, take the lead back to the beginning.”

Hilarious footage has re-emerged of ABC journalist Ellen Fanning slipping up on air. Supplied/@6NewsAus TikTok
Camera IconHilarious footage has re-emerged of ABC journalist Ellen Fanning slipping up on air. Supplied/@6NewsAus TikTok Credit: Supplied
She accidentally told viewers Victoria’s lockdown would not end until 2070. Supplied/@6NewsAus TikTok
Camera IconShe accidentally told viewers Victoria’s lockdown would not end until 2070. Supplied/@6NewsAus TikTok Credit: Supplied

Fanning quickly re-read her intro, correcting her hilarious blunder by saying the lockdown would be extended until 70 per cent of the population had at least one Covid-19 jab.

The video was posted to the @6News TikTok and has had more than 237,000 likes and generated more than 5000 comments.

“2070 sound about right,” one person commented.

“Pretty sure she did it right the first time,” another said.

“Laughing as it’s so funny and crying as it could be true,” a third post read.

“I hope this doesn’t give Dan Andrews any ideas,” a fourth commented.

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Camera IconFanning’s report was about Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ announcement that the state’s restrictions would remain until 70 per cent of the eligible population was vaccinated. NCA NewsWire / David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

Fanning was referring to an announcement made by the Victorian Premier who advised that majority of the state’s restrictions would remain until 70 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and older had received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose.

He said the state could no longer “hold out hope” that case numbers would drop and vaccination was the only way out.

“We will not see these case numbers go down,” Mr Andrews said last month.

“They are going to go up. The question is, by how many and how fast.”

On the day of that announcement, the state recorded 120 locally acquired cases and two deaths; a stark contrast to the 1571 new cases of community transmission that were recorded on Wednesday.

Originally published as ‘Take the lead back to the beginning’: Hilarious footage of journo’s slip-up, saying lockdown won't end until 2070

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