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Waleed Aly Responds To Awkward Today Show Gaffe

Waleed Aly was on our sister station in Melbourne this morning, Kiis 101.1. The Matt & Meshel show spoke to him regarding an comment that was made on the Today Show.

Following the Logies nominations being announced last month, Karl Stefanovic and Ben Fordham discussed the contenders on the Channel 9 Breakfast show saying ''Where is Lisa Wilkinson's Gold Logie?''

Karl then responded with ''It's very clear, Lisa's too white.''

When asked about the awkward conversation this morning, Waleed responded ''I'm not going to bite'' 

Matt Tilley commented to Waleed that he saw it as  ''saying ''Oh they're making a token gesture towards people like Waleed and Lee Lin Chin to embrace the multicultural nature of TV these days''

Aly said ''that's clearly the subtext. But what I think happened was one of those bantery things that went wrong.''

Waleed made it clear that he didn't think Wilkinson had heard Stefanovic's comment in full and in the following days she ''text me and then we spoke a few days later''.

When asked if they had cleared the air by Meshel Laurie, Waleed said ''I really like Lisa and she has been incredibly effusive about me in the past.''

When probed by Matt if he defintely thinks it was a gaffe that had gone wrong, Waleed responded ''I think so.''

Waleed Aly is a front runner for this years Gold Logie and is up against Carrie Bickmore, Scott Cam, Lee Lin Chin, Essie Davis and Grant Denyer.

The Logies take place on Sunday evening.

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