The producers of Q&A decided to do something different for the final episode of the year, however, things did not go as planned.
The final question saw a furious debate over freedom of speech with panellists fighting over each other to have more time to speak, but the question was cut short so there was time to air a The Book of Mormon parody about Mathias Cormann.
Cormann, whose name coincidently rhymes with ‘Mormon’, was the “Senate numbers cruncher who couldn’t quite count the numbers when it really mattered for his wannabe Prime Minister, Peter Dutton”.
The senator was caught between the crossfire of the leadership spill earlier this year when his loyalty to previous Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was challenged when Dutton also wanted the top job.
— ABC Q&A (@QandA) December 11, 2018
How this was important or relevant to Q&A was lost on the audience, with many confused as to what they were watching.
Many took to Twitter to express their outrage for ending the popular show with such a random skit.
— Joel Agius (@JJA2819) December 10, 2018
— Denise Boyd (@DeniseBoyd2000) December 10, 2018
#QandA Disgusting ending to QAndA. Appalling. And I’m a Labor voter. Just the worst thing I’ve seen on television since ScumMo brought coal into Parliament
— Peter Riddell (@priddell9) December 10, 2018
Is anyone else wondering why we stopped seeing intelligent debate for that weirdass satire? #QandA
— Tim Ogilvy (@Tim_Ogilvy) December 10, 2018
And on that low note… goodbye #qanda
— Kate Murray (@kateemma22) December 10, 2018