Bruce McAvaney inducted into Logies Hall of Fame, reaction, speech

Bruce McAvaney stole the show at the 2022 Logie Awards.

The sports icon received a standing ovation as he walked to the microphone after being inducted into the TV Week Logies Hall of Fame.

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McAvaney has delighted fans for countless years with his magic behind the microphone and he delivered again on Sunday night after AFL legend Leigh Matthews announced the prestigious award.

“I’m emotional but my voice isn’t as loud as it should be tonight,” he said.

“I was wondering how I would feel tonight when I got here. I feel a lot of love actually and a lot of warmth.

He then thanked the one person who had a “profound effect on his career”, his wife Annie.

“Gary Fenton and Gordon Bennett mentored me at Seven and introduced me to a young journalist, Anne Johnson, who became my wife and had a profound effect on my career. Annie, thank you,” he said.

Social media lit up like a Christmas tree after McAvaney’s announcement and tributes continued to pour in as his speech unfolded.

“Beauty Bruce”, wrote Basil Zempilas.

“Australia’s greatest sports broadcaster, Bruce McAvaney, has been inducted into the very special Australian Television Hall of Fame! A true icon,” wrote journalist Andrew Hawkins.

“Beautiful heartwarming speech from Bruce McAvaney as he accepted to enter the Hall of Fame at #Logies2022. He was moving, inspiring, humble and had to work in 50 names of those he loved, never boring. No autocue, straight from the heart. Bravo, Bruce,” tweeted Peter FitzSimons.

“Bruce McAvaney, you are truly special and we are so lucky to have you on our screens. So many sporting moments have been enriched thanks to you. The words, the delivery, while adding to the occasion. You are unique. A deserved honor for an incredible human being! wrote former Olympian Tamsyn Manou.

McAvaney may have left the AFL commentary box, but his Olympic days are far from over. Earlier in the evening he declined to give a retirement speech, saying he was not finished yet.

“I feel so excited right now,” he said.

“I will go as long as I feel I can do them well.”

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