Basil Zempilas And Johanna Griggs Absolutely Roasted The Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

Commonwealth Games 2018: Channel 7 commentator Johanna Griggs savages organisers after closing ceremony debacle

Commonwealth Games 2018: Channel 7 commentator Johanna Griggs savages organisers after closing ceremony debacle

"The athletes would not have enjoyed last night".

Zempilas explained it was the decision of the host broadcaster to have the athletes in the stadium before the ceremony began - a decision Griggs said "wrecked a tradition". "It hasn't really lived up to expectations" said Zempalas.

But Griggs went even further with her criticism.

"I'm sorry, you're being way too polite", Griggs said.

Organisers have been under fire over the Sunday night ceremony, which robbed viewers of the chance to see the athletes arrive, including flag bearer Kurt Fearnley. We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters.

She made it clear the decision not to show the athletes, including Australian flag bearer Kurt Fearnley, entering the stadium was not Channel 7's call after viewers were forced to watch "My Kitchen Rules" instead of the athletes' arrival. They're actually wrecking a tradition that's so important, a part of the Commonwealth Games.

"You want to see the athletes come and you want to see them jumping in front of a camera, you want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport".

"We missed out on all of that".

The lacklustre ceremony was panned by audiences, who left the stadium in droves along with "bored" athletes, and took to social media to vent their anger.

"The speeches, look we understand the dignitaries need to get their messages out their... but they were way too long tonight", he said.

'This decision to bring the athletes into the stadium before the broadcast was operationally driven given there were restrictions on being able to keep the athletes waiting in comfort.

"So Kurt actually did have his moment with his teammates which was important". I wish we could have actually seen him as part of the program. I've never seen the stadium so empty, ' she said.

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games ending without the athletes at the forefront was a "complete stuff up", committee chairman Peter Beattie admitted to Sunrise on Monday.

Seven's criticism was echoed on social media, with users airing their disappointment on missing out on seeing the athletes march in.

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