Anh Do responds to rumours ABC are being forced to axe Anh’s Brush With Fame


Anh Do has responded to claims ABC could be forced to axe his show Anh’s Brush With Fame, after rumours emerged that he’s ‘refusing to sign for a new season’.

On Wednesday, the talented artist, 44, confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that while he’s very much keen to sign on for a seventh series, he’s unable to do so immediately due to other work commitments.

‘This year, I’m just so under the pump to meet deadline for books, so I’ve just said to the ABC I can’t commit to something straight away but I love the show,’ he told the publication.

Reply: Anh Do has responded to claims ABC could be forced to axe his interview show Anh’s Brush With Fame, amid rumours he’s ‘refusing to sign for a new season’

Anh has a publishing deal with Allen and Unwin, where he’s contracted to write 50 children’s books over the next three years.

‘When the writing workload is able to be reduced I’d love to come back and do some more,’ he added.

‘The ABC want another series and I would love to do another series, it’s just that I’m snowed under with my book commitments, which I’m enjoying very much.’

An ABC spokesperson confirmed to the publication: ‘We’re still in discussion with [production company] Screentime and we’re yet to lock in the next series of Anh Do’s Brush with Fame. We’ll let you know as soon as we have more news.’

Controversy: The news comes after Anh, 44, was forced to respond to claims his paintings on the show are prepared ahead of filming and in some cases are not entirely his own work. Pictured here with singer Guy Sebastian

Controversy: The news comes after Anh, 44, was forced to respond to claims his paintings on the show are prepared ahead of filming and in some cases are not entirely his own work. Pictured here with singer Guy Sebastian

The rumours of the potential axing emerged on Wednesday morning, when a report from TV Blackbox claimed that the show’s future was in doubt after the painter and comic had ‘refused to sign on for another season’.

Anh’s response comes after he was forced to respond to claims his paintings on the show are prepared ahead of filming and in some cases are not entirely his own work.

The industry website’s sources claim ‘social media backlash’ to Anh’s ‘process and finished artworks’ is one of the reasons he wants to walk away.   

Earlier this month, Anh clarified he does paint the celebrity portraits seen on his critically acclaimed interview series. 

Responding to questions from The Sydney Morning Herald, he confirmed: ‘It’s all my own work.’ 

Scrutiny: Sources claim 'social media backlash' to Anh's 'process and finished artworks' is one of the reasons he wants to walk away. Pictured here with his portrait of Marcia Hines

Scrutiny: Sources claim ‘social media backlash’ to Anh’s ‘process and finished artworks’ is one of the reasons he wants to walk away. Pictured here with his portrait of Marcia Hines

He went on to reveal he prepares ‘studies’ ahead of the interview, which are created from photos of his subjects. 

Those studies may be used for the final work when he’s having an ‘off day’ and doesn’t complete a work he is happy with during the interview.

Anh does have ‘help’, however, from his teacher, New Zealand-born artist Paul Ryan, who is an accomplished portrait artist and 13-time Archibald finalist.

Ryan confirmed to The Sydney Morning Herald he assists in the early stages of the portraits being created. 

Setting the record straight: Earlier this month, Anh clarified he does paint the portraits seen on his critically acclaimed interview series. Responding to questions from The Sydney Morning Herald, he confirmed: 'It's all my own work.' Pictured here with singer Marcia Hines

Setting the record straight: Earlier this month, Anh clarified he does paint the portraits seen on his critically acclaimed interview series. Responding to questions from The Sydney Morning Herald, he confirmed: ‘It’s all my own work.’ Pictured here with singer Marcia Hines

Assistance: Anh does have 'help', however, from his teacher, New Zealand-born artist Paul Ryan (pictured), who is an accomplished portrait artist and 13-time Archibald finalist

Assistance: Anh does have ‘help’, however, from his teacher, New Zealand-born artist Paul Ryan (pictured), who is an accomplished portrait artist and 13-time Archibald finalist 

‘Yes it’s true, but Anh is a bit cagey about revealing how it all comes together. He doesn’t like me talking about it,’ he told the newspaper. 

‘And he turned me down when I asked for a consultant’s credit on the show, even though every other bugger involved gets one,’ he added.   

The publication claimed Anh ‘played down’ Ryan’s contribution to the show, and said he just sought ‘advice’ from his fellow artist.

‘I think he may be taking a bit too much credit,’ Anh said. 

Helping hand: Ryan confirmed to The Sydney Morning Herald he assists in the early stages of the portraits being created. Pictured with Guy Sebastian

Helping hand: Ryan confirmed to The Sydney Morning Herald he assists in the early stages of the portraits being created. Pictured with Guy Sebastian 

Talent: Do has painted a host of celebrities on Anh's Brush with Fame, including Guy Sebastian

Talent: Do has painted a host of celebrities on Anh’s Brush with Fame, including Guy Sebastian

Anh has painted a host of celebrities on Anh’s Brush with Fame.

This season he interviewed model Tara Moss, singer Guy Sebastian, television vet Dr Harry Cooper and singer Marcia Hines, among others. 

As the celebrities sit for an in-depth and emotional chat with the artist, he creates a portrait of them, which they take home afterwards.

Do has admitted the works are not always completed in the time it takes to conduct the interview, and that sometimes they are tweaked afterwards. 

Format: As the celebrities sit for an in-depth and emotional chat with the artist, he creates a portrait of them, which they take home afterwards. Pictured: Do with TV vet Dr Harry Cooper

Format: As the celebrities sit for an in-depth and emotional chat with the artist, he creates a portrait of them, which they take home afterwards. Pictured: Do with TV vet Dr Harry Cooper



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