New Sunrise presenter Mylee Hogan has gone silent on social media and vanished from TV screens after backlash for joking on air Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath had died.
Hogan made the bizarre joke after a report on a TikTok trend where children video their parents’ shocked reactions when they’re falsely told a favourite celebrity has died.
The segment stunned her co-hosts who tried to move on to an interview with former fast bowler McGrath, but Hogan then blurted out: ‘Glenn McGrath died!’
Hogan hasn’t posted on Instagram for weeks and has since disappeared from the presenters’ desk of the flagship show without any explanation.
New Sunrise presenter Mylee Hogan (pictured) has gone silent on Instagram after vanishing from television screens following joke about an Aussie cricket legend ‘dying’
Her last post Instagram post was on Christmas Day, two days after she landed her role on the show.
Hogan had only been welcomed to the show as a studio presenter on December 23 before her outburst on December 28.
But outraged Sunrise fans vowed to boycott Seven’s show if Hogan stayed, branding the comment insensitive after McGrath’s wife Jane died in 2008 from breast cancer.
On Tuesday, Edwina Bartholomew had taken Hogan’s spot as news presenter host at the end of the desk, with Monique Wright moving into the spot next to Mark Beretta.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Seven for comment.
Hogan hasn’t posted on Instagram for weeks and has since disappeared from the presenters’ desk of the flagship show without any explanation
Co-host Mark Beretta had ended her report early on the TikTok hoax deaths videos, branding it ‘the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen’.
‘I don’t like it at all. We shouldn’t be running that. Get it off. Get it off now,’ he said.
Hogan said she thought the cruel social media craze was ‘really funny’ and insisted to co-hosts Beretta and Edwina Bartholomew it was ‘just a bit of fun!’
But as Beretta moved on to talk to former Australian fast bowler McGrath about the Boxing Day Test, Hogan infuriated fans with her twisted joke about the star’s death.
Her last post Instagram post was on Christmas Day, two days after she landed her role on the show
The comment, which was off-camera but clearly heard, prompted an angry reaction from Beretta and co-host Edwina Bartholomew.
‘Don’t even…that’s not funny,’ said Bartholomew as Hogan laughed. Beretta added: ‘I don’t get that at all. It’s so not funny. It’s crazy…’
Stern-faced Bartholomew immediately apologised to viewers, adding: ‘It’s not funny. Sorry.’
The show then went on to interview McGrath – whose wife Jane died in 2008 from breast cancer – about day three of the Second Test against South Africa.
Mylee Hogan (left) had only been welcomed to the show as a permanent studio presenter on December 23 before her outburst on December 28 and disappeared on January 3
It prompted a furious reaction from some viewers who vowed to boycott the show if Hogan remained onscreen.
‘We will not be watching Sunrise any more if that girl with the black hair is reading the news again,’ one fan of the show posted on Facebook.
‘Please remove that girl from Channel 7 – we will feel sick every time we see her face.’She made a comment about Glenn McGrath dying and laughed. Doesn’t she know that Glenn’s first wife Jane died tragically from breast cancer?
‘It won’t matter if she apologises, in her mind she has done nothing wrong. How immature and insensitive she is.’
Hogan blurted out “Glenn McGrath is dead’ just before the show cut to an interview with the Australian fast bowler whose wife Jane died of breast cancer in 2008
Another viewer tweeted: ‘Terrible, terrible, tasteless “joke”, pranking people that someone has died, especially when next guest has lost a wife. Please don’t air again.’
Hogan had earlier played clips of TikTok videos showing the dramatic reactions of parents being told fake news of the death of stars like Zac Efron and Oprah Winfrey.
‘Some people think the over-the-top reactions are funny, others think it’s a cruel joke,’ said Hogan.
She added: ‘I personally think this is really funny, guys! Just a bit of fun!’
But she was immediately brought to heel by the co-hosts on the Sunrise desk who ordered the news report to stop there.
‘I think this shows the generation divide, because Beretts doesn’t think it’s funny at all,’ said Bartholomew.
Stand-in host Mark Beretta (right) ended the report early while stern-faced Edwina Bartholomew apologised to viewers for Hogan’s unfunny outburst
Viewers were also outraged by the segment and took to social media to voice their anger.
‘We thought it was disgusting,’ posted Kelvin Mills on the show’s Facebook page.
‘Have a look on the faces in her story when people were told of these fake deaths, they were distraught.
‘Yes, these people were then told that it was fake news, but that wouldn’t easily remove the sick feeling in their stomachs.
‘She is obviously too young to have had death around her.’
Outraged Sunrise fans vowed to boycott Seven’s show if Hogan stayed, branding the comment insensitive after McGrath’s wife Jane died in 2008 from breast cancer