ABC News hunk Joe O’Brien was a Mardi Gras backup dancer


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ABC newsreader Joe O’Brien has posted a throwback photo revealing an unexpected past gig as a backup dancer at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

On Tuesday the longtime ABC News Mornings host reacted to news that his employer will again broadcast Mardi Gras from next year.

Joe took to Twitter to reveal his history with the iconic event, sharing he once performed on the Mardi Gras stage with Dannii Minogue.

He posted a screenshot from 1999 to prove it, showing him among the dancers, shirtless with his six-pack on display in gold shorts.

“OMG! ABC gonna be broadcasting Mardi Gras again,” he wrote.

“Takes me back to 1999 when I got to be a backup dancer in a Dannii show.”

And Joe’s Twitter followers were stunned, with one ABC colleague declaring there was “not one undropped jaw” at their offices.

“Just when we thought we couldn’t admire you more Joe!” another person wrote.

“Full of surprises Joe. 20 years on and you’re still going strong,” one person tweeted.

ABC’s Joe O’Brien shows off his guns in vaccine photo

Joe O’Brien also caused a stir on Twitter in July when he posted a selfie of himself after rolling up his sleeves to get vaccinated.

“To all those working on the vaccine rollout – thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do,” Joe wrote.

But Twitter users were a tad distracted by the work that had clearly gone into the newsreader’s biceps.

“Joe, if a common side effect is getting biceps like those you might be able to reverse vaccine hesitancy singlehandedly,” one person wrote at the time.

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