This was a throwback thirst trap no one was expecting on a Tuesday morning.

Joe O’Brien is well known across Australia as the popular newsreader on ABC News 24’s morning news program. With over two decades of experience in journalism, O’Brien has been with the ABC since 1995, covering hard news or dressed soberly presenting the morning news segment. 

On Tuesday morning, ABC announced that it had secured a three year deal to broadcast the Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras from 2022, including the Sydney WorldPride in 2023. ABC said it has ben waiting for 28 years for Mardi Gras to come back to the national broadcaster. SBS had been home to Mardi Gras since 2014.

O’Brien chose to celebrate the news, with some news of his own – that he had moonlighted as a backup dancer for singer Dannii Minogue at the 1999 Mardi Gras. 

Joe O’Brien posts racy pic of his past as a Dannii Minogue backup dancer

‘OMG!  ABC gonna be broadcasting Mardi Gras again. Takes me back to 1999 when I got to be a backup dancer in a Danni show,’ O’Brien Tweeted. Along with the tweet, he posted the YouTube link and a photo from the event. 

A Nod From Danni Minogue

It was the photo that sent Australian Twitter into a meltdown – the accompanying image was of O’Brien dressed in nothing but his six packs, sweat and tiniest of golden shorts. 

The YouTube video of Minogue’s performance of Everlasting Night, that O’Brien had helpfully provided the link to, also added likes.

The tweet garnered over a 1000 likes in a short time and a shout out from Dannii Minogue, who retweeted the image with the message: “Happy days!”

Others were not as measured. “Joe. You are full of surprises (and I’m totally here for it),” tweeted out ABC Radio Broadcaster James Finlay. Out RNDrive host Patricia Karvelas agreed: “Joe delivers”. 

Karvelas posted her own Mardi Gras throwback. “Mardi Gras finally returns to the ABC. Where it belongs. Here I am in Dykes On Bikes 12 years ago pregnant with my first baby”. 

O’Brien Is Not New To Thirst Traps

This is not the first time that O’Brien has dropped his shirt on social media. In July, O’Brien had posted a photo of him receiving his second COVID vaccine, showing off his guns. 

Joe O’Brien shows off his vaccine guns.

The newsreader responded to the comments on the photo by making it his profile pic. 

Another of his most liked photos in recent times was when his colleagues gifted him a tshirt printed with images of ABC’s out weatherman Nate Byrne and ABC News Breakfast presenter Tony Armstrong, who have inspired their own genre of gay fan fiction.


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