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Natalie Barr cringes at her shocking haircut in 1997 Matty Johns interview


Sunrise host Natalie Barr cringes at her shocking haircut 25 years after her infamous interview with NRL star Matty Johns that spawned the catchphrase ‘better than Lego’

Sunrise host Natalie Barr has laughed off an awkward 25-year-old interview after it was replayed on Channel Seven’s breakfast show on Tuesday.

Barr, now 54, memorably spoke to NRL champ Matthew Johns after his Newcastle Knights team won the premiership in 1997.

She struggled to keep a straight face as she attempted to ask questions while Johns’ brother and teammate Andrew ran around shirtless in the background.

Sunrise host Natalie Barr has laughed off an awkward 25-year-old interview after it was replayed on Channel Seven's breakfast show on Tuesday

Sunrise host Natalie Barr has laughed off an awkward 25-year-old interview after it was replayed on Channel Seven’s breakfast show on Tuesday 

After telling viewers the Knights’ celebrations were expected to stretch on for another week, Barr then asked Johns how he felt about returning home after Newcastle’s victory.

A confused-looking Johns said after a pause: ‘Um, it was better than, ah… It was better than Lego.’

Clearly pleased with his response, Johns laughed and repeated the phrase ‘better than Lego’ several times, before yelling it into the camera.

Back in the studio on Tuesday, Barr buried her face in her hands with embarrassment as she watched the throwback clip.

Barr, now 54, memorably spoke to NRL champ Matthew Johns after his Newcastle Knights team won the premiership in 1997. She struggled to keep a straight face as she tried to ask questions while Johns' brother and teammate Andrew ran around shirtless in the background

Barr, now 54, memorably spoke to NRL champ Matthew Johns after his Newcastle Knights team won the premiership in 1997. She struggled to keep a straight face as she tried to ask questions while Johns’ brother and teammate Andrew ran around shirtless in the background 

Her co-host David ‘Kochie’ Koch had introduced the segment by explaining that Johns’ ‘better than Lego’ soundbite had since become an iconic catchphrase.

After playing the interview, Koch revealed that Australian swimwear company Budgy Smuggler was launching a ‘Better Than…’ brand of apparel.

The merchandise features a picture of a smiling Johns and the phrase ‘Better than…’ in a thought bubble.

After playing the interview, Sunrise co-host David Koch revealed that Australian swimwear company Budgy Smuggler was launching a 'Better Than...' brand of apparel (pictured)

After playing the interview, Sunrise co-host David Koch revealed that Australian swimwear company Budgy Smuggler was launching a ‘Better Than…’ brand of apparel (pictured)

After Barr tried on one of the new bucket hats, Koch laughed as he held up one of the tight-fitting swimming trunks with Johns’ face on the front. 

Koch said he had asked Budgy Smuggler founder Adam Linforth why Barr’s face wasn’t also featured on the new line of merchandise.

Mr Linforth had apparently said, ‘The back side wasn’t big enough.’ 

Matthew Johns and his wife Patricia are seen on the red carpet in August 2007

Matthew Johns and his wife Patricia are seen on the red carpet in August 2007

Entertainment reporter Edwina Bartholomew interrupted Koch to suggest: ‘No matter where [you were to put Barr’s face], it would be inappropriate.’

Barr later revealed Johns had been celebrating all night at the time of their 1997 interview.

‘I won’t even tell you what the other Johns brother [Andrew] was yelling in the background. It had something to do with my last name,’ she said.

Barr later revealed Johns had been celebrating all night at the time of their 1997 interview. 'I won’t even tell you what the other Johns brother [Andrew] was yelling in the background. It had something to do with my last name,' she said

Barr later revealed Johns had been celebrating all night at the time of their 1997 interview. ‘I won’t even tell you what the other Johns brother [Andrew] was yelling in the background. It had something to do with my last name,’ she said 

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