Leigh Sales has revealed how she once had to interrupt a huge interview to wipe her young son’s bum.
Though Sales, 49, has broken many bombshell stories in her years as the 7.30 program presenter, this was her first bum-shell story.
It happened when the veteran TV presenter was interviewing tech billionaire Bill Gates’ ex-wife Melinda about the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
‘That was over the phone at home during Covid and my little guy called out “Mum, I need you to wipe my bum,”‘ she told Charlie Pickering on ABC show The Weekly on Wednesday night, which also featured more toilet humour.
ABC 7.30 presenter Leigh Sales (picture right) is pictured with her sons Daniel (left) and James (centre)
‘Oh God, so I thought, OK, I can do this.
‘So when she finished speaking I was standing at the bathroom door, I asked the next question, muted the phone, put it down, wiped his bum, quickly washed my hands unmuted and asked the next question,’ she said.
Tending to her son’s needs was not the only toilet related moment in her interview with Pickering though.
Sales was asked about a moment in last Saturday night’s broadcast when she seemed to be pressuring ABC’s election analyst to call the election for Labor.
‘Look, I think I’d been on (air) for about, I don’t know, four or five hours (by then).
‘So you know, you kind of would like a toilet break because it’s the ABC (which doesn’t have ad breaks) right?’ she joked.
‘So you do reach a point where you’re like, come on, can we call this thing?’
Sales said the issue of her having a toilet break or not when on air for hours on end on election night had previously been addressed by a fellow ABC presenter.
Melinda Gates (pictured) was being interviewed by ABC’s Leigh Sales, when Sales’ son announced ‘Mum, I need you to wipe my bum’
‘Annabel Crabb once was asked by a newspaper reporter, I think it was about the 2016 election, did Leigh Sales go to the toilet during that broadcast, which went for about six-and-a-half hours.
‘And Crabb’s reply was “I cannot answer that question definitively. All I can tell you is she never left her desk.”‘
In February, Sales shocked viewers by announcing she would be quitting her news show 7.30 after 11 years, revealing that it came down to her ‘two beautiful little boys’ wanting to see more of their mum.
At the end of that night’s program she told viewers she wanted them to hear the news from her ‘personally’, as she explained that she wanted to finally spend evenings with her kids.
Leigh Sales (pictured) announced in February that she was quitting ABC’s 7.30 program after the federal election to spend more time with her two sons
Leigh Sales is seen on the red carpet at the Logie Awards at The Star Casino on the Gold Coast on Sunday, June 30, 2019
‘There’s nothing wrong other than I just feel a strong sense of it being time to pass the baton to the next runner in the race and to take a break,’ she said at the time.
‘At the end of an election cycle feels like a good time to move on to something new at the ABC.’
In a possible first for an Australian TV news presenter, she also used strong language, saying she had ‘tried to shut down and call out bull****, hold powerful people to account, expose lies, incompetence and exaggeration in all political parties and all issues and present facts even when they’re unpopular or inconvenient’.
Sales’ final time presenting 7.30 will come within weeks. Her replacement is another ABC veteran, Sarah Ferguson.
Leigh Sales (pictured) has is stepping down as the host of ABC’s 7.30 show in June
ABC presenter Annabel Crabb (pictured) was once asked did Leigh Sales go to the toilet during a broadcast that went for six-and-a-half hours