Industry insiders are urging Michael Clarke to get a new manager after his trainwreck interview with A Current Affair last week.
The former cricket captain, 42, sat down with the Nine network program on Tuesday to spruik a new product from the n Bitters company.
But Clarke was instead peppered with questions about the infamous Noosa melee involving his on-again-off-again girlfriend Jade Yarbrough which roped in her brother-in-law, Today show host Karl Stefanovic.
Now, sources reveal Clarke went against the advice of professionals who warned him not to do the interview with the news program.
‘Clarkey doesn’t have an agent or publicist guiding him at the moment and you can tell,’ one insider told the Daily Telegraph.
Numerous industry insiders are calling on Michael Clarke to get a new manager after his trainwreck interview with A Current Affair last week
‘He should never have done ACA to promote a drink… he was completely stitched up.’
‘Perhaps he thought (Channel 9 personality) Karl (Stefanovic) would protect him but that clearly wasn’t the case,’ they added.
TV commentator Rob McKnight explained last week that Today show’s Stefanovic would have been aware of Clarke’s interview with A Current Affair before it aired.
The former cricket captain sat down with the Nine Network program on Tuesday to spruik a new product from the n Bitters company. But Clarke was instead peppered with questions about that infamous Noosa melee
‘They would have consulted him [Karl], given they’re talking about the incident and he’s in the video, not that he did anything wrong,’ TV commentator Rob McKnight said.
‘The most that would have happened was maybe a phone call or a note was sent to Karl to advise him that the interview was happening or that it was going to air.
‘Karl would have had no say or involvement in the interview.
‘Nine certainly did minimise Karl’s involvement in the video, the first few minutes of the interview they were referring to him as ‘Clarke’s mate’.’
The interview, conducted by reporter Simon Bouda, appeared to catch Clarke off guard who made it clear that he wasn’t on ACA to discuss the scandal.
But he admitted he considered the Noosa incident a ‘lesson’.
‘I call them lessons. I call so many things you know, you wish that … I think relationships are tough, a lot happens behind closed doors and a lot of things happen that we all deal with,’ Clarke said.
‘I’ve dealt with a divorce, you know, man, I’ve been through and it’s so sad, so hard.
‘I think the one thing is you just got to do your best, good times, tough times, highs, lows, pros, cons; I’m like everyone else – still to this day I’m standing here trying my best and I hope that doesn’t change.’
Among the lessons he claimed to have learned is enjoying life in ‘moderation’ in a bid to not allow such a brawl to happen again in the future.
‘I love a good time,’ he said.
‘But for me, probably too much, I think my whole life and if that’s um, whatever it is, going to the gym and training, it’s all about moderation.’
The interview, conducted by reporter Simon Bouda (pictured), appeared to catch Clarke off guard who made it clear that he wasn’t on ACA to discuss the scandal
But Clarke admitted he considered the Noosa incident a ‘lesson’
In the video, which was filmed by an onlooker and later sold to The Daily Telegraph for a reported $10,000, Jade accused Clarke of cheating on her with his tracksuit designer ex Pip Edwards, on December 17.
He was also accused of messaging the co-founder of activewear label P.E Nation and confessing she was the ‘love of his life’.
All hell broke loose after Clarke, Stefanovic, his wife Jasmine and her sister Jade were having dinner at a beachside restaurant with accountant Anthony Bell.
The video began with Yarbrough screaming at Clarke before she slapped him in the face and pushed him away after the cricketer insisted he didn’t cheat on her.
Earlier this year, Clarke issued a grovelling apology to those involved in the incident at the time, admitting it was all his fault.
Television commentator Rob Mcknight says Karl Stefanovic (pictured) would have been made aware of his former best mate Michael Clarke’s interview with A Current Affair prior to airing
‘I accept full responsibility for this altercation and am shattered by my actions,’ he said.
‘I’m absolutely gutted I’ve put people I hold in the highest regard in this position. My actions in the lead-up to this altercation were nothing short of shameful and regrettable.
‘I am shattered that because of my actions I’ve drawn women of class and integrity, and my mates, into this situation.’
The former cricket captain was slapped across the face Jade Yarbrough in Noosa as she accused him of cheating on her with his ex Pip Edwards (Clarke and Jade pictured together)