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The Chase star ROASTS ‘old hack’ Peter FitzSimons and jokes the Sydney Morning Herald is ‘trying to get rid of him’

High-profile journalist Peter FitzSimons copped a brutal sledging from comedian Matt Parkinson on Wednesday night.

Parkinson, who portrays the fearsome ‘Goliath’ on Channel Seven game show The Chase Australia, jokingly referred to the Sydney Morning Herald columnist as a ‘hack’ during a surprising outburst on the ABC’s Question Everything.

The 58-year-old made the comments during a discussion with co-hosts Wil Anderson and Jan Fran about the reality of working in the Australian media. 

High-profile journalist Peter FitzSimons copped a brutal sledging from comedian and The Chase star Matt Parkinson (pictured) on the ABC's Question Everything on Wednesday night

High-profile journalist Peter FitzSimons copped a brutal sledging from comedian and The Chase star Matt Parkinson (pictured) on the ABC’s Question Everything on Wednesday night 

‘I love the roving reporter, especially the slightly amateur ones who don’t get to do it very much, you know,’ Parkinson said.

He then impersonated a rookie reporter bumbling their way through a TV interview. 

‘Hi, Terry Numbnuts here from Look At Me News… and a highly placed media source has told me The Sydney Morning Herald is having problems with a long-term hack they can’t get rid of,’ he said. 

Parkinson referred to Fitzsimons (pictured), a columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald, as a 'hack' and joked the newspaper was trying to 'get rid of him'

Parkinson referred to Fitzsimons (pictured), a columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald, as a ‘hack’ and joked the newspaper was trying to ‘get rid of him’

'A highly placed media source has told me The Sydney Morning Herald is having problems with a long-term hack they can't get rid of,' he said, impersonating a bumbling TV reporter

‘A highly placed media source has told me The Sydney Morning Herald is having problems with a long-term hack they can’t get rid of,’ he said, impersonating a bumbling TV reporter

'And I said, "Gee, that's a harsh way to talk about Peter FitzSimons, especially 'cause, like, he's your husband, Lisa," Parkinson continued, referring to FitzSimons' wife Lisa Wilkinson (left)

‘And I said, “Gee, that’s a harsh way to talk about Peter FitzSimons, especially ’cause, like, he’s your husband, Lisa,” Parkinson continued, referring to FitzSimons’ wife Lisa Wilkinson (left) 

‘And I said, “Gee, that’s a harsh way to talk about Peter FitzSimons, especially ’cause, like, he’s your husband, Lisa,”‘ Parkinson continued, referring to FitzSimons’ wife, The Project host Lisa Wilkinson. 

He then took a stab at FitzSimons’ prolific career as a best-selling author. 

‘And she said, “Have you ever read one of his books?” And I went, “No, fair point, Wilko.” Back to you in the studio, Wil and Jan,’ added Parkinson. 

He then took a stab at FitzSimons' prolific career as a best-selling author

He then took a stab at FitzSimons’ prolific career as a best-selling author 

It’s unclear whether Parkinson has any personal grievance with FitzSimons, or if his comments were merely made in jest.

FitzSimons has released nearly 30 non-fiction books, mainly focusing on historical events.

He also penned biographies of Nancy Wake‚ Kim Beazley‚ Nick Farr-Jones‚ Les Darcy, Steve Waugh and John Eales.

FitzSimons has released nearly 30 non-fiction books, mainly focusing on historical events

FitzSimons has released nearly 30 non-fiction books, mainly focusing on historical events

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