“The TV WEEK Logies” and “xenophobic bile” shouldn’t really exist together in any universe, but the lead-up to this year’s ceremony was something else. 

You might recall Gold Logie nominee Waleed Aly, co-host of The Project, found himself the target of particular ire from some corners of the media for, quote unquote, not being on social media, and not being popular enough. 

Well, Australia, that didn’t even come close to mattering ’cause Aly took out the top prize on the night, and there was nothing you could do about it.

Accepting the award, The Project co-host said “do not adjust your sets.”

On his fellow nominees, he said “if you step back and look at all thise pieces assembling, it’s a truly beautiful mosaic, and we should be celebrating that.”

“In no way do I feel like I deserve to be here more than any of you.”

He went on to praise his wife, his team on the show, and co-host Carrie Bickmore, before relaying the story of Mustafa – a media worker who told Aly he couldn’t work in the industry without a nom de guerre.

“You deserve more numerous and more worthy avatars than that.”

“If tonight means anything… that is the Australian public, our audience, as far as they’re concerned, there is absolutely no reason that can’t change.”

He beat out co-host Bickmore, Grant Denyer, Scott Cam, Essie Davis, and almighty Lee Lin Chin, who is no doubt planning her divine retribution as we speak. 

Onya, Waleed. 

Source: TV Week Logie Awards.