Hilary Barry has revealed the secret to her on-air success with Seven Sharp co-host Jeremy Wells.
“You call it chemistry, I call it nervous terror,” the broadcaster told Spy.
The pair have been on air a month so it's still too early to make a call on whether the new-look show is translating to viewer numbers.
But Spy thinks the chemistry works and Barry says that began when they met for their first publicity photo shoot.
“It was the first opportunity we had to spend time together and he cracked me up,” says the 48-year-old. “Jeremy has a really interesting way of looking at the world that’s both funny and very engaging.”
Wells tells Spy: “Hilary is naturally open and honest which lends itself to great conversation, it’s a vibe thing. Although she doesn’t like sharing a toothbrush, which I find odd.”
Wells, 41, is something of a gamble for TVNZ.
But Barry says that is part of the charm.
“It’s important for Jeremy to be Jeremy so I would never dream of trying to curb his, sometimes, risque sense of humour.” “I do reserve the right to suddenly move on to another topic if the subject matter’s getting a bit saucy though.”
The mutual appreciation society extends to their families. Wells’ mum loves Barry, while Barry says she is battling to stop her family trying to get an introduction to Wells.
There could be one minor sticking point in the fledgling relationship.
Barry says she is a big fan of Wells’ show Eating Media Lunch, but had only recently been introduced to his Alternative Commentary Collective role through her cricket-mad teenage children.
“It’s um, which is, um, very, um, entertaining — and, for a suburban mother of two, educational at times.”