Entertainment journalist Peter Ford said The morning show of his relationship with Shane Warne following the death of the 52-year-old cricketing legend in Thailand on Friday.
Ford said he had received “thousands” of text messages from the cricketer star, despite never having met him in person, and shared a message that Warne asked him to forward to hosts Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur after interviewing Warne’s son Jackson last year.
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Ford said he exchanged text messages with Warne just hours before his sudden death, revealing the pair had a ‘business connection’ which began years ago after Ford publicly commented on the cricketer star and his friends. off-field activities.
“Fifteen years ago he heard me on the radio talking about a scandal he was involved in, he contacted the radio station and said ‘who is this guy talking about me, I’d like to come in in contact with him,'” Ford explained.
“And he did and he told me his version of events and then I reported it and he knew then he could trust me.
“And since that time I’ve had thousands of text messages from him on all sorts of different topics, many of them hilarious, some very defamatory, and it was a great insight into the man.
“We weren’t personal friends at all, I was useful to him, he was useful to me, that was the base, in fact, I never met him face to face, I never even met him. speak on the phone .
“In fact, a couple of times I was at events where he was and I could have gone up to him and introduced myself and I didn’t want to do that,” he explained.
Ford explained how Warne often asked him to present his side of various news stories.
“(The morning show) had Jackson, his son, (after his 2020 appearance on SAS Australia) and he contacted me afterwards and I think I told you off-air that he said, ‘Please thank you Larry and Kylie for treating Jackson with absolute respect, that’ is a wonderful young man, so well brought up, the best thing i have ever achieved in my life are my three children
“And I think it was around September-October of last year, I was probably very unethical reading this to you, but it’s the only one I’ll ever share because he loved his family,” Ford said.
Warne joined The morning show in 2018 while promoting his memoir Without the spin cycle, where he spoke about the ups and downs of his career and off-pitch controversies as well as his high-profile romance with actress and model Elizabeth Hurley.
You can watch this interview in its entirety in the video player above.