Australian news anchor Matt Doran has issued an on-air apology following an embarrassing incident with Adele earlier this month that left fans very upset.
If you’re confused, don’t worry — we’ll explain.
Was Not Prepared For His Interview
Earlier this month, Doran — who is the co-host of the Australian TV show Weekend Sunrise — was given the opportunity to fly to London to interview the singer ahead of the release of her album, 30.
However, once the interview began, Doran revealed he had “only had the privilege of hearing” her single, “Easy on Me.”
While this may seem like a harmless comment, the truth is Doran was actually offered the chance to listen to Adele’s entire album ahead of the interview and completely missed the email with the link.
Because of this, he was not prepared for the interview, which ultimately was never aired.
Fans Were Very Upset
After the news of this incident was made public, Adele fans were very upset with Doran and sent him a barrage of hate messages on the internet.
Despite completely owning up to the mistake, Doran felt it was important to address the incident head-on, which he did on-air on Saturday, November 27.
“This is a story that has sparked a torrent of abuse and mockery from around the world and, if I’m being honest with you, the bulk of this savaging, I deserve and I totally own,” he explained.
“I flew to London to interview Adele, an unspeakable privilege and what was to be one of the highlights of my career. I made the terrible mistake of assuming we weren’t to be given a preview copy of this album because our interview was airing before it was released and Adele’s album was the industry’s most prized secret.”
He continued, “The day after, after we landed in London, an email came through from Sony. It didn’t mention Adele but it did contain a link to her album. The genuine, dead-set, hand-on-heart truth is that I missed it, by an absurdly long margin, the most important email I’ve ever missed in my life.”
Adele Has Not Responded
Adele hasn’t responded to Doran since the incident occurred, but Doran did shut down rumors she walked out of the interview when she found out he hadn’t listened to the album.
“The interview itself, Adele didn’t walk out. It ran overtime,” he explained.
Take this as a word of caution, folks — if you’re ever given the opportunity to interview Adele, make sure to check your email.