Entertainment reporter Peter Ford has told The Morning Show of his relationship with Shane Warne following 52-year-old cricket legend’s death in Thailand on Friday.
Ford said he had received “thousands” of texts from the cricket star, despite never meeting him in person, and shared a message that Warne asked him to pass on to hosts Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur after they interviewed Warne’s son Jackson last year.
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Ford said he had exchanged text messages with Warne only hours before his sudden death, revealing that the pair had a “business connection” that commenced some years ago after Ford had commented publicly on the cricket star and his off-field activities.
“Fifteen years ago he heard me on the radio talking about some scandal that he was involved in, he contacted the radio station and said ‘who’s that guy talking about me, I’d like to make contact with him’,” Ford explained.
“And he did and he briefed me on his version of the events and I subsequently reported that and he knew then that he could trust me.
“And since that time I’ve had thousands of text messages from him about all sorts of different subjects, a lot of them hilariously funny, some of them highly defamatory, and it was a great insight into the man.
“We were not personal friends at all, I was useful to him, he was useful to me, that was the basis of it, in fact, I never met him face-to-face, I never even spoke to him on the phone.
“In fact on a couple of occasions, I was at events where he was and I could have gone up to him and introduced myself and I didn’t want to do that,” he explained.
Ford explained how Warne often asked him to present his side of various news reports.
“(The Morning Show) had Jackson on, his son, (following his 2020 appearance on SAS Australia) and he contacted me afterwards and I think I told you off-air that he said, ‘Please thanks Larry and Kylie for treating Jackson with absolute respect, he’s a terrific young man, so well-mannered, the best thing I’ve ever achieved in my life are my three kids’
“And I think that was around September-October last year, I’ve probably been highly unethical in reading that out to you, but that’s the only one that I will ever share because he adored his family,” Ford said.
Warne joined The Morning Show in 2018 while he was promoting his memoir No Spin, where he spoke about the highs and lows of his career and off-field controversies as well as his highly publicised romance with actress and model Elizabeth Hurley.
You can watch that interview in full in the video player above.