Hey Hey It’s Saturday star John Blackman dead at 76

Former “Hey, Hey It’s Saturday” star John Blackman has died at the age of 76.

The Australian television and radio legend, who is known as Hey, heyThe voice actor for the entire run of the show had been in poor health for the past few years due to cancer.

In 2018, he underwent a gigantic 12-hour operation to remove a cancerous growth on his mouth and jaw, which involved removing most of his jaw. The cancer recurred in 2022, and Blackman had to undergo another grueling operation: this time, the top of his skull and the skin from his scalp were removed.

Entertainment reporter Peter Ford shared the news on the Seven Network this morning, calling Blackman “an incredible man. He has fought a tremendous battle with cancer over the past few years.”

“He was a great artist on radio and television and of course he has fought this incredible battle against cancer over the last few years,” he said.

Blackman started in radio in 1969, but became famous two years later when he switched to television and worked as a voiceover artist for Hey, Hey, Australia’s longest running variety show. The Saturday night show ran from 1971 to 1999, before a few brief revivals in the 2000s.

Although he was rarely seen on screen, Blackman played an important role in the show, contributing off-scripted remarks to each episode and often chatting live with host Daryl Somers.

In addition to his long-standing role at Hey, Hey, Blackman wrote several books and appeared in television shows, including Blankety Blanks And The Paul Hogan Showand has worked as a radio presenter on stations such as 3AW and Triple M.

Blackman has made headlines in recent years when he fought back against his former colleague. Hey, hey Star Kamahl after the Malaysian-born singer, a frequent guest on the show, said he felt “humiliated” by a series of racist skits that took place during his broadcast.

“My goodness, Kamahl, 37 years and you still feel ‘humiliated,'” he wrote, arguing that Kamahl should have complained then and that he would have “forever refrained from making any further ‘racist’ comments.” However, others – including Kamahl – criticized Blackman for this stance.

Blackman leaves behind his wife Cecile and their adult daughter.

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