Seven commentators slam closing ceremony, as social media erupts with disappointment

Channel Seven’s commentators ripped into the organisers of the closing ceremony live on air last night, after the event came to a close at Carrara Stadium.

As the ceremony wrapped up, Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas voiced their frustration about the lack of athletes featured during the celebration show.

Viewers at home missed out on seeing the athletes enter the stadium, including the Australian team led by para-sports veteran Kurt Fearnley.


Zempilas kicked off the spray, saying the closing ceremony hadn’t “lived up to exectations”.

”Look, we understand many people have been disappointed by tonight’s Closing Ceremony. To be perfectly honest Jo, so have we.” he said.

But Griggs didn’t hold back, telling Zempilas he was being “way too polite”.

”People are thinking that Channel 7 has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flagbearer, Kurt Fearnley, or other flagbearers. We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters. They made a decision not to have athletes enter the stadium. They made the decision not to show the flagbearers. I’m furious,” she said.

”Actually wrecking a a tradition that is so important. You want to see the athletes come in. You want to see them jumping in front of camera. You want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport. We missed out on all of that… There’s no athletes in here. I’ve never seen the stadium so empty.”

The event was also panned on social media, with users sharing their disappointment and frustration.

Chair of the Commonwealth Games Peter Beattie took to social media this morning to respond to the criticism, admitting organisers “got it wrong”.