Dave Hughes at the Channel 10 Studios in Pyrmont. Picture: Tim Hunter.
Dave Hughes at the Channel 10 Studios in Pyrmont. Picture: Tim Hunter.

Hughesy reveals his great fear

YOU'D think nothing could stop Dave Hughes from laughing his way through life.

But the comedian, radio and TV personality has revealed he has one great fear that would "break his heart".

Hughes, 47, told The Australian Women's Weekly that he fears his children might ask him to never mention their names in public as they continue to grow up.

Hughes has his son Rafferty, eight, daughters Sadie, six, and Tess, four, with his wife Holly Ife.

Unlike other stars who keep their family life private, Hughes regularly refers to Holly and their children in his comedy routines and radio shows.

He has also gone on comedy tours with his family in tow.

Comedian Dave Hughes with his wife Holly Ife and kids Tess, Sadie and Rafferty who he all takes on tour with him when he's performing. Picture: Calum Robertson
Comedian Dave Hughes with his wife Holly Ife and kids Tess, Sadie and Rafferty who he all takes on tour with him when he's performing. Picture: Calum Robertson

"I'd be bloody annoyed if one day they go, 'Dad, don't mention me any more,' - that'd break my heart," he said.

"But generally they've got a good sense of humour. I really want to instil that in my children - that you've got to be able to laugh at yourself."

"No one's perfect - let's laugh at our failings."

Hughes and his radio partner Kate Langbroek were unceremoniously dropped by KIDS FM earlier than expected last year.

Hughes and Langbroek are heading to the rival Hit Network to replace Hamish and Andy this year instead.

Australian Radio Network (ARN), the owner of KIDS FM, said it had its reason for dropping the successful duo.

ARN National Content Director Duncan Campbell told radioinfo: "The changing of Hughesy and Kate was never part of the plan. We started negotiations with him and then with her with the full intention of re-signing them. But then Kate told us that she could only give us a year because she wanted to take the family to live in Europe for a year in 2019."

Campbell said he offered to connect a line to her house in Europe.

 

Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek. Picture: Ian Currie
Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek. Picture: Ian Currie

But he said that Langbroek wanted to have a year off.

"We had just positioned with the (ARN) Board (of directors) that we want to move away from a strategy where we're going to put two people together in the hope they'd work, to a strategy where we want chemistry already there.

"So, in a year's time, we were going to have a situation where we had to put someone else with Dave Hughes, which will cost a lot of money, and hope that it works. We agonised over that for a while. We had lots of debate about it," Campbell said.

The star radio pair did not get to farewell their fans properly on air, but Hughes posted on Instagram: " ... This bunch of @hughesyandkate legends just had their last Drive shift ARN. We've loved working with so many great people there and are pumped to start with @hitnetworkaus in 2018!"

Hughes and Langbroek weren't the only KIDS FM team to be sent on an early Christmas break.

Meshel Laurie and Matt Tilley were also dropped. On Facebook, Laurie wrote: "So it turns out today was our last day on KIDS FM in Melbourne. It's been a deeply weird two years, but our immediate team was so brilliant, they really made the daily grind survivable."

Hughesy & Kate will be replaced by Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw in the national KIIS drive slot in 2018.



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