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30 Oct, 2009

Good Game co-host Junglist sacked

PALGN News | Series Hexed?
On Monday night at 8.30, gamers around the nation tuned in to watch the much-loved Good Game television program on ABC2. You can imagine their surprise to find that co-host Jeremy ‘Junglist’ Ray had been replaced by a new female presenter, Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen. In true fanboy fashion, ABC message boards and forums across the web exploded with many long-time viewers venting their anger at the sudden change.

ABC Head of Arts and Entertainment Amanda Duthie told TV Tonight that the show needed a breath of fresh air.

"After three years, we felt Good Game needed a refresh to take the program into 2010 and beyond, and the decision was made to change the hosting team," she said.

With mounting viewer anger and a rapidly growing Facebook group calling for Junglist’s return, the Good Game team posted a response on the official program ABC message board:

"For all sorts of reasons we are unable to tell you things that have happened over many months inside Team Good Game which have impacted on the production. That's just real life folks. We know it leaves many questions unanswered but we have reached that point where we really can’t say any more than that."

Nonetheless, the production team said that "The decision to take Junglist off air was not forced upon us by ABC Management and it's one that is fully supported by all the GG team. We are gutted that it has come to this but in our opinion it absolutely had to happen."

Junglist quickly responded, calling the ABC’s previous statement into question:

"I can tell you that this is a lie. There was no vote taken, no consensus reached. In fact, the GG team was completely unaware of the change until the same day I found out. The same confidentiality clause that prevented me from saying anything publicly, prevented management from telling them anything.

"I have spoken to members of the GG team who clearly DON'T support this, but can't say anything publicly. Of course they'll tow the party line. They have to.

"Up until now the situation has just been poorly handled. But to now LIE to your own audience, in an effort to save face for replacing an experienced reviewer/presenter with an inexperienced one, is quite simply the lowest thing I've ever seen ABC management do."

"I feel now as if I'm being professionally attacked, so here's a truth bomb. In the meeting where I was told I would be replaced, the reason given was they wanted a girl on the show. "Mass appeal" was a direct quote from that meeting. After a half-hour of explaining how they'll lose their hardcore following, they responded that yes, they knew this, but expected to make up the numbers with a new following. 'A show can grow beyond its hardcore base', is another direct quote."

Remaining on-air presenter Steven ‘Bajo’ O’Donnell and Good Game Series Producer Syd stand by the ABC’s original statement.

"Jung mate, I'm sorry to say it but you are wrong… no one on the team feels we have to tow the party line here - no one has been coerced into doing or saying anything they don't want to… That's the truth we need to swallow here… as bitter a taste as it might leave in our mouths," said Syd.

Syd also addressed the gender issue. "Regardless of what Jung might say GG will NOT be dumbed down and I state again, the decision was nothing to do with bringing in a girl… I'm a girl and I started this show - I don’t care about the gender of the presenters - I just care about having the best people working on it," she added.

Bajo also chimed in.

"We have felt professionally attacked by some of the posts by Jung, with the inability to reply due to confidentiality. So we cannot drop our own 'truth bomb'. While Junglist may have his own version of events, so do we…"

Stay tuned to PALGN for more on the issue as it unfolds.

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47 Comments
4 years ago
Sounds like there was some kind of drama happening between some of the people involved with Good Game.

I personally thought Junglist was pretty awesome. I'll have to see how the show is without him.

PALGN wrote
In the meeting where I was told I would be replaced, the reason given was they wanted a girl on the show.
Guess that Rei chick wasn't enough huh.
4 years ago
Wow, thats BS. Jung was a rad host, why would they need to freshen up something that wasn't stale..
4 years ago
I think Hex is a great addition, she adds some charm that wasn't there before and definitely makes gaming look a little less a boys club. Jung was rad, sure, but ask any non gamers such as my girlfriend who watch it and they found him pretty monotone and less charismatic. I am all for it, shame to lose Junglist though.
4 years ago
Yeah, Hex seems pretty cool.

I think its a great idea having a female host too, cause its good to see some visibility of/for female gamers. Its not just guys.

As much as I liked Jung, I'm glad Bajo didn't get the sack. I like him more.

Also when I watched the show on Monday, Bajo said Jung has left to do behind the scenes work for the show, but after reading this a whole lot more must of gone on.
4 years ago
Bring back Jung, he's seemed to take it more seriously.
4 years ago
Its unfortunate that shows like this suffer and feel they need to attract a bigger audience. But the underlying issue remains; The show is based on presenting GAMING news.

With such poor selections of games released these days, these shows are struggling to keep their audience. Nobody wants to play the same tired old 'push x to play' games, nor do they want to watch a show about them.

Revive the gaming industry and you revive those that survive from it.

-That said, all the best for Jung, he rocked. icon_biggrin.gif
4 years ago
Something is up for sure, why would they just Dump him with the shows season drawing to a close shortly. Judging by his comments, Jung wasn't/isn't a yes man (which is a damn good thing), so perhaps he got up someone for what ever reason and this is how they throw their weight (the cowards way).

To be honest, if you are going to throw in a girl, add her to the mix, don't replace. Three opinions would be fine and by replacing ABC are clearly changing for their own cause.

If i was Jung, i would be out there selling myself to Sunrise and Today as a Xmas games consultant for unaware parents.

I'll still watch GG (Hex seems fine and Bajo & Rei do very well), but this could/should of been handled better and consequently their producer should also be dropped.
4 years ago
I don't see why they couldn't have simply added a third major presenter, rather than having to drop one of them. Lots of enthusiast shows work quite well with three presenters.
4 years ago
why didnt they just add hex into the mix on the new good game show on abc3 that is coming out and leave jung and barjo on abc2 would that be too confusing for us stupid viewers or they scared nobody would watch abc3
4 years ago
All i know is there is more to what is going on then ABC is letting on... and I liked Jung, the dude was a great presenter. Personally, and this may sound a little sexist, but I cant relate as much to a female gamer as I can a guy. I'm sure chicks feel the same; but at the end of the day its still an area most predominately male, and with that being said they should stop trying to force "political-correctness" on us all the time. I prefer guy-talk, because i'm a guy. Its just the way it is.
4 years ago
PALGN wrote
I'm a girl and I started this show - I don’t care about the gender of the presenters - I just care about having the best people working on it," she added.
WTF? wasnt Jung good enough to play , review and co-host the show!?

He did it perfectly

Obviously what Jung is saying is the truth and the rest are being liars.

SYD said it has nothing to do with replacing him for a girl gaming, but instead it all depended on reviewing skills,

If so then why was junged sacked? he was a amazing reviewer.

CONFLICTING STATEMENTS!
4 years ago
spedman201 wrote
why didnt they just add hex into the mix on the new good game show on abc3 that is coming out and leave jung and barjo on abc2 would that be too confusing for us stupid viewers or they scared nobody would watch abc3
think it's to do with the show going for only for 30mins, but personally i think jung was better than bajo (his humour is just wierd icon_razz.gif) and i think it would be better if the show went for longer with three presenters because everything just feels abit rushed. imo icon_exclaim.gif
4 years ago
DEJA VU wrote
spedman201 wrote
why didnt they just add hex into the mix on the new good game show on abc3 that is coming out and leave jung and barjo on abc2 would that be too confusing for us stupid viewers or they scared nobody would watch abc3
think it's to do with the show going for only for 30mins, but personally i think jung was better than bajo (his humour is just wierd icon_razz.gif) and i think it would be better if the show went for longer with three presenters because everything just feels abit rushed. imo icon_exclaim.gif
Bajo humor i related too, its the funny quirky pc gamer humor.

Like someone else said in GG forum,

Bajo and Jung worked nicely , both being contrasts

One without the other would not work type of thing
4 years ago
Just hire Yahtzee

do it now
4 years ago
I can't believe both Syd and Junglist used the incorrect 'toe' in 'toe the line'. It's the one with the 'e' people!
4 years ago
Well, I thought it was weird that Junglist had gone on to do "behind the scenes" work on the show, but didn't even appear to say goodbye or anything. That was obviously a blatant lie. Junglist definitely deserves the benefit of the doubt. I'll be interested to see how the story develops though.
4 years ago
Bloody shame... Junglist was really a good host for GG. In recent episodes his "travels and interviews" with international producers, publishers helped boost the quality of information delivered. Surely GG should have been able to maintain Junglist as a "reporter" even if the wanted a female presenter. Equal opportunity gone amuck maybe?
4 years ago
Both hosts were ok but nothing special. It was turning into The Zone and becoming laughable so something needed to change.
4 years ago
they should start by not voting with rubber chickens! i've always wanted to like the show but the whole rubber chickens thing doesn't ooze credibility. but in saying that, it's still one of the better gaming review shows of recent memory.
4 years ago
I have to say that "Hex" looks fake - she doesnt fit - its like they hired someone from Hi Five to start marketing the show to young kiddies.

Junglist was the real deal.
4 years ago
Phreakuency wrote
Both hosts were ok but nothing special. It was turning into The Zone and becoming laughable so something needed to change.
The Zone suffered when they brought in a 'pretty face' (I use that term very loosly). That show had a certain group of people that worked well together, then a bunch of them all left and the show lost itself. This could be the same here. Adam, Mutt and Bev worked well together. When you had Mutt, Dave and Bimbo (forgot her name, but she didnt have a clue) it just was too painful to watch.

That being said I agree with the above sentiments, Yahzee is the top dog in AU's gaming media (with all due respect to PALGN staff icon_smile.gif ) and could improve the show better than some chick who looks like she was picked at random from Suicide Girls.

Whatever reasons for the sacking though, sounds like there was some backstage heat.
4 years ago
bajo and jung were a very comfortable contrast to watch, a complimentary combo.

And bajo while less "quirky", tended to be a more subtle voice adding his monotone presenter voice and deep knowledge that lent credibility to the show.

Hex is really quite good, and a genuine gamer. We could have got a lot worse, and i was impressed for a mandatory female gamer choice. but thats it, she is quite good, but she's not hugely experienced nor a character we're used to or need yet. replacing a lead presenter feels awkward.

And Rei, is fucking terrible. i'm sorry to be blunt, but she's a pretentious uni chick giving reports and presentations as a complete outsider, usually of a standard you expect from uni students, and with a focus and style adding so much inflated importance to things it's painful.
I really, really wish they had removed her instead.

with all the visciousness, it doesn't sound like things will ever be the same or better again, pity. goodluck and hope with hex then i guess.
4 years ago
kaerlis i totaly agree with what you just said,
And i also dont like Rei for the reasons you gave.

Seriously why not have 3 hosts?
Would of fixed the 24 hour to review a game problem
Would of lead to some nice combo's and insights
( e.g. on one game it could be jung and hex , another game it could be bajo and hex )w
4 years ago
^The ABC said

Quote
"The reason for replacing Jeremy Ray was ongoing behind the scenes performance based issues," said a statement from ABC TV publicist Tony Brooks.

"Ray’s performance issues were severely impacting the quality and smooth-running of the show, as well as making life difficult for the rest of the team.
So I guess thats why not 3 hosts.
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