Australian TV journalist Matt Doran has offered Adele a long, unqualified apology for not listening to her new album before an exclusive interview with the singer, calling the bungle a “terrible mistake”.
Doran made international headlines this week for his interview with the singer, which was boxed after admitting he had only heard one track from his latest work, 30. Sony is refusing to release the images.
Live on Channel Seven’s Weekend Sunrise on Saturday, Doran concluded the show by lamenting “insulting” Adele and apologizing to the singer, her fans and viewers at the station.
“It’s a story that has sparked a torrent of abuse and mockery around the world and, if I’m honest with you, most of this savagery that I deserve and totally own,” Doran said.
Doran flew to London for an exclusive interview with Adele ahead of the release of his fourth album, which he described as an “unspeakable privilege”.
The interview was said to have been part of an A $ 1 million package that included the rights to broadcast Adele’s One Night Only TV show. It would have been Adele’s only Australian interview.
“I made the terrible mistake of assuming we weren’t supposed to get a preview of this album because our interview was being broadcast before it was released and Adele’s album was the most precious secret of the album. industry, ”Doran said.
“The day after our arrival in London, an e-mail came to us from Sony, it did not mention Adele but it contained a link to her album.
“The real, unmoved, hand-in-hand truth is that I missed it. By an absurdly long margin, the most important email I have ever missed in my life.
Doran said that contrary to media reports, Adele did not walk away from the interview, which went on overtime and was at least 50% “downright” focused on new music.
“I thought it was reductive to describe [the new music] as being simply a matter of divorce, that it was about empowerment and that it would inspire people to find the courage to take their lives in a new direction, ”Doran said of the interview.
“We talked about the paradox of being the world’s most famous artist but hating fame, we also discussed at length the concept of pure art, the majesty of Adele’s voice, what it must be like. to hear that sound coming out of his own mouth.
“How Go Easy On Me was conceived in part by singing acapella in the shower, and how the album helped mend her late relationship with her late father,”
Doran said that during the 29 minutes he spoke with Adele, the singer was “deep,” “funny” and “raw,” opening up about her experience with depression and describing it as “late stuff.” of the world”.
“But it all doesn’t matter because by missing the album link, however I might try to justify it, I insulted Adele,” he said. “To Adele, I say, I have never knowingly disrespected you by deliberately not listening to your work. I am sorry.
“I also apologize to Adele’s Australian fans and… our viewers, who, by my mistake, were denied this interview and her character’s insight.”
The interview was said to have been a blow to Channel Seven, which is locked in a battle with Channel Nine’s Today in ratings.
Doran concluded the apology, which lasted two and a half minutes, by quoting the bridge after the second chorus of track 10 of Adele’s album Hold On, where she sings “Sometimes Forgiveness Is Easier In Secret. “.
“I don’t expect this forgiveness, but I owe you an apology,” he said.
Maybe he would have been better placed to refer her to track two, “Go Easy On Me”.