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John Hamblin dies aged 87: Play School host’s wild unaired moments resurface


He was known for his immaculate comedic timing as a TV presenter.

And following his death this week at the age of 87, archival footage has resurfaced of John Hamblin’s looser moments from his time as host of ABC’s Play School.

The hilarious snippets, which never aired for obvious reasons, were released for the show’s 50th anniversary in 2016.

Following his death this week at the age of 87, archival footage has resurfaced of John Hamblin's looser moments from his time as host of ABC's Play School

Following his death this week at the age of 87, archival footage has resurfaced of John Hamblin’s looser moments from his time as host of ABC’s Play School

“Mistakes were part of the magic formula, but some bloopers had to be removed,” said a narrator when the clips first aired six years ago.

Hamblin wasn’t shy with innuendo, and in one clip he was shown lying on the floor while a producer interrupted the scene to give him a pillow.

The producer said, “We’ll find you a pillow on the floor,” to which Hamblin replied with a cheeky smile, “Who wants to be first?”

Hamblin also once tested a poorly constructed slide made of cardboard and pipes. Although his co-hosts urged him to stop, he dove into it, causing him to collapse.

The hilarious snippets, which never aired for obvious reasons, were released for the show's 50th anniversary in 2016

The hilarious snippets, which never aired for obvious reasons, were released for the show's 50th anniversary in 2016

The hilarious snippets, which never aired for obvious reasons, were released for the show’s 50th anniversary in 2016

Rhyming children’s songs were another part of the show that made for fun takes, with tongue twisters leading to accidental swear words.

Hamblin died Wednesday at the age of 87.

The ABC paid tribute to his “comic timing and wit”, saying he had “helped make Play School one of Australia’s best-loved children’s programs”.

Hamblin also once tested a poorly constructed slide made of cardboard and pipes.  Although his co-hosts urged him to stop, he dove into it, causing him to collapse

Hamblin also once tested a poorly constructed slide made of cardboard and pipes.  Although his co-hosts urged him to stop, he dove into it, causing him to collapse

Hamblin also once tested a poorly constructed slide made of cardboard and pipes. Although his co-hosts urged him to stop, he dove into it, causing him to collapse

Hamblin joined the iconic children’s show in the 1970s and quickly became a fan favorite. He starred in over 350 episodes of the program over a span of 30 years.

He was affectionately nicknamed “Naughty John” during his run for his cheeky sense of humor and irreverent nature.

After retiring in 1999, Hamblin returned as a special guest for Play School’s 50th Anniversary Special in 2016.

Hamblin died Wednesday at the age of 87

Hamblin died Wednesday at the age of 87

Hamblin died Wednesday at the age of 87

Jennifer Collins, ABC’s director of entertainment and pundit, said in a statement: “John was an unforgettable presenter whose comedic timing and wit helped make Play School one of the most beloved children’s programs in the world. ‘Australia.”

“John had a wacky sense of humor and wasn’t afraid of double meanings. His presence always managed to keep both our toddler target audience and their parents equally engaged in the show.

“I would like to send my condolences to John’s family at this sad time.”

The ABC paid tribute to its

The ABC paid tribute to its

The ABC paid tribute to his “comic timing and wit”, saying he had “helped make Play School one of Australia’s best-loved children’s programs”. (Photo with Benita Collings, left)

Hamblin joined the iconic children's show in the 1970s and quickly became a fan favorite.  He starred in over 350 episodes of the program over a span of 30 years

Hamblin joined the iconic children's show in the 1970s and quickly became a fan favorite.  He starred in over 350 episodes of the program over a span of 30 years

Hamblin joined the iconic children’s show in the 1970s and quickly became a fan favorite. He starred in over 350 episodes of the program over a span of 30 years

Besides his role in Play School, Hamblin was also an accomplished actor.

He had roles in Number 96, Class of ’74, The Young Doctors and Case for the Defense in the 1970s, and in his later career he starred in Sons and Daughters, All Saints and Love My Way.

He memorably played Michael Chamberlain in the 1984 TV movie The Disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain.

He was affectionately nicknamed

He was affectionately nicknamed

He was affectionately nicknamed “Naughty John” during his run for his cheeky sense of humor and irreverent nature.

News of Hamblin’s death prompted a flood of tributes on social media.

“One of the best presenters at Play School,” wrote a fan on Facebook.

‘Val John Hamblin. We have loved you, over many generations, in our family. Thank you for all your playful good humor,” another posted on Twitter.

“An iconic part of my childhood and many more”. Thank you John Hamblin. Go well, added a third.

News of Hamblin's death sparked a flood of tributes on social media

News of Hamblin's death sparked a flood of tributes on social media

News of Hamblin’s death sparked a flood of tributes on social media

“Thank you John Hamblin for your wonderful spirit, your love and your joy of teaching young children, and for all the double meanings that entertain adults at the same time,” commented one viewer.

“It kinda breaks my heart. John Hamblin was a huge part of my childhood,” another said.

John is survived by his children Emma and Myles.

“One of the best presenters at Play School,” wrote a fan on Facebook

Origin: | Dailymail.co.uk


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