Johnny Young insists Young Talent Time is longest running variety show not Hey Hey it’s Saturday


TV legends at war! Johnny Young insists Young Talent Time should have the title of Australia’s longest running variety show – after Daryl Somers claimed that honour goes to Hey Hey It’s Saturday

Johnny Young has come out swinging against  Daryl Somers’ claim that Hey Hey It’s Saturday was Australia’s longest running variety show. 

In an interview with TV Tonight, the former TV host , 74, has that title should go to his former program, Young Talent Time. 

‘Daryl claims that Hey Hey was the longest running variety program. It wasn’t because halfway through his run on Channel Nine, he left and went to Channel 10. 

His show; Johnny Young (pictured) has come out swinging against Daryl Somers’ claim that Hey Hey It’s Saturday was Australia’s longest running variety show. In an interview with TV Tonight, the TV host , 74, has that title should go to his former program, Young Talent Time

‘So he never had the run… we were on air for 18 years,’ he said. 

The variety show, which featured child and teen performers, aired on Channel ten between 1971 and 1988.

In total, the show, which spawned stars like Dannii Minogue, was on the air for 18 consecutive years. 

Nope! 'Daryl claims that Hey Hey was the longest running variety program. It wasn't because halfway through his run on Channel Nine, he left and went to Channel 10. So he never had the run… we were on air for 18 years,' he said. Pictured on Young Talent Time

Nope! ‘Daryl claims that Hey Hey was the longest running variety program. It wasn’t because halfway through his run on Channel Nine, he left and went to Channel 10. So he never had the run… we were on air for 18 years,’ he said. Pictured on Young Talent Time 

A special video called Young Talent Time Now was additionally released in 1990.

Young Talent Time returned briefly in 2012, hosted by Australian Idol contestant Rob Mills, for ten episodes. 

Hey Hey It’s Saturday ran on the Nine Network from 1971 to 1999, and was on air for 28 years – however, the show had a ‘break’ in 1978. 

Small break: Hey Hey It's Saturday ran on the Nine Network from 1971 to 1999, and was on air for 28 years - however, the show had a 'break' in 1978. Hey Hey's second run was 20 years - still eclipsing Young Talent Time by two years. Daryl is pictured on Hey Hey It's Saturday

Small break: Hey Hey It’s Saturday ran on the Nine Network from 1971 to 1999, and was on air for 28 years – however, the show had a ‘break’ in 1978. Hey Hey’s second run was 20 years – still eclipsing Young Talent Time by two years. Daryl is pictured on Hey Hey It’s Saturday 

During that break, host Daryl Sommers, 69, left the Nine Network for the rival Ten network where he hosted The Daryl And Ossie Show. 

That show aired for 40 episodes before Daryl returned to Hey Hey in 1979, breaking up Hey Hey’s time on air to an initial run of 7 years, and a second run of 20 years – still eclipsing Young Talent Time by two years.   

Johnny however adds that the rivalry is ultimately friendly, telling TV tonight: ‘I say this with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek… (because) Daryl and I, the morning after the Logies, always used to go and have lunch in Kew. We both lived near each other. We were mates’. 

Johnny however adds that the rivalry is ultimately friendly, telling TV tonight: 'I say this with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek… We both lived near each other. We were mates'. Daryly is pictured recently

Johnny however adds that the rivalry is ultimately friendly, telling TV tonight: ‘I say this with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek… We both lived near each other. We were mates’. Daryly is pictured recently 

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