The Project’s Peter Helliar gives a report from the afterlife following rumours of his death on social media
The Project’s Peter Helliar has assured fans he is very much alive amid rumours of his death on social media.
The comedian, 46, took to Twitter on Friday to share a photo of himself holding a beer with a smile on his face, while giving a thumb’s up hand gesture.
‘The Afterlife goes ok. Not dead. Carry on,’ he wrote to his near 300,000 followers.
‘Not dead, carry on’: The Project’s Peter Helliar has assured fans he is very much alive amid rumours of his death on social media
Peter kept entertaining his fans with the joke later on that day writing ‘finally at peace’ during a flight to the Gold Coast.
Pete’s gags were in response to a social media post that said he was involved in a car accident.
The misinformation spread like wildfire with his followers.
There he is: ‘The Afterlife goes ok. Not dead. Carry on,’ Peter wrote to his near 300,000 followers on Twitter on Friday
It comes after Peter spoke out about The Project’s poor ratings and trolls, during an interview with The Binge Guide.
Helliar said he was ‘confused’ about the high level of trolling the program receives, given that there are ‘a million’ other TV shows these trolls could watch.
‘It’s not like the old days when there were only four channels to choose from, so I can imagine you would get angry if none of these shows are catering to your nature,’ the comedian said.
Low ratings: It comes after he told The Binge Guide he was ‘confused’ about the high level of trolling the program receives from viewers
‘But there are a million on TV now. I don’t understand why anyone would spend any time criticising the show. Just move on to the next one,’ the comedian said.
Channel 10’s flagship current affairs show The Project has lost almost a third of its audience since 2011, OzTAM ratings revealed in November.
The program saw its metro ratings plummet to an all-time low of just 367,000 in 2021.
That’s a 30 per cent decline from its five-city audience of 538,000 a decade ago.
Paying ‘zero attention’: Aly (pictured), 43, agreed, insisting that he ‘would have paid almost zero attention’ to any discussions about low ratings and criticisms of the show in the past
The national audience, which includes regional viewers, has also seen a similar percentage drop from 725,000 in 2011 to 490,000 in 2021.
These figures have made The Project commercial TV’s worst-performing nightly premium program.
The biggest losses have been on the east coast, which is considered the most important market from an advertising perspective.
Downfall: Channel 10’s flagship current affairs show The Project lost almost a third of its audience since 2011, OzTAM ratings revealed in November. Pictured (L-R): Tommy little, Peter Helliar, Hamish Macdonald, Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Gorgi Coghlan