He can throw a party, but Corey Worthington came up short in his debut on Nine's Australian Ninja Warrior on Tuesday night.
Worthington, 27 – who as a teenager sparked headlines in 2008 after a party he was hosting at his parents' Melbourne house got out of control – was one of the more unlikely celebrity cameos Nine had announced for its family hit.
Taking to the course in his famous yellow sunglasses (the same ones Nine's Leila McKinnon once forcefully demanded he remove during an A Current Affair interview), Worthington fumbled on the course's 'Rope to Cargo Net' challenge, accidentally swiping the water as he worked his way under the net.
As such, he was immediately disqualified.
Corey Worthington on Australian Ninja Warrior.
Before his failed attempt, he had discussed his desire to stamp out the "party kid" perceptions that have lingered since his infamous episode in the MySpace era.
"People ten years ago knew me as a scrawny little party kid," he said.
"I was 16 years old, my parents went away to Queensland and I decided to have a big house party and it went 'boom', it went a lot bigger than I thought. I had about 500 people rock up, 200 people trying to get in, there was a dog squad, helicopters – it was crazy.
"So people would probably just be expecting me to party ten years on, but now I've got myself together: I've got the fitness, put on a little bit of weight, and now I'm going to come out and smash the Ninja Warrior course."
Despite being "shattered" by his disqualification, hosts Ben Fordham and Bec Maddern praised Worthington's efforts.
"Fair to say Corey surprised a lot of people tonight with his gutsy performance," said Fordham.
The episode – which bagged Nine 851,000 viewers across the five major capital cities, again a big drop from last year’s massive numbers – also featured another celebrity cameo from 'Red Wiggle' Simon Pryce, who failed on the course's 'Rolling Pin to Bungee' stage.
"If I'd had a few more hot potatoes…" Pryce lamented to presenter Freddie Flintoff.
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