The lewd meaning behind Denise Drysdale’s nickname ‘Ding Dong’ is REVEALED by a former colleague – as the Studio 10 star remains in hospital following horror fall on set
She hit headlines on Thursday, after suffering a nasty fall and breaking her shoulder in three places on the set of Channel Seven’s golfing show Holey Moley.
And as Denise Drysdale, 71, continues her recovery in hospital, her former colleague Lawrence Mooney decided to share numerous anecdotes about the beloved star on Triple M’s Moonman in the Morning.
During the Monday morning segment, the 55-year-old spoke out about Drysdale’s nickname, ‘Ding Dong’ – and revealed the lewd reason she’s been known by those two syllables for so many decades.
Get well soon: Denise Drysdale (pictured) was hospitalised on Thursday after suffering a fall. As she recovers, her former colleague Lawrence Mooney decided to share numerous anecdotes about the beloved star on Triple M’s Moonman in the Morning
‘I worked with Denise Drysdale for two years as a hapless sidekick in the kitchen between ’99 and 2000. Great couple of years,’ he began.
‘Ding Dong came from 1974, when she joined Ernie Sigley’s show as the barrel girl, and it is mooted – in fact, it’s widely known – that he named her breasts, Ding and Dong. Simpler times.’
He added: ‘He would call her Ding Dong and everyone knew. It’s like calling your sidekick “big t**ts”.’
His co-host Jess Eva responded: ‘Or big “hmm”, for men.’
‘Do you want to name my testicles, do you?’ Mooney added.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel 10 for further comment.
Crude: Ernie Sigley (left) reportedly named Denise’s breasts ‘Ding and Dong’ – and made it her nickname for the next four decades. Pictured during the 1974 show
It appears Drysdale hasn’t taken offence to the bizarre term, going on to keep the nickname for the past forty years.
In 2018, Denise spoke out about her comedic partner Ernie, now 81 – who is battling Alzheimer’s disease battle having been diagnosed in 2016.
‘I’ve worked with some horrible comedians who hate it if you’re perceived as funnier than them. But with Ernie, we didn’t stop laughing for nearly 40 years, and to see him struggling to even remember who I am is devastating,’ Denise told Woman’s Day.
It was confirmed last week that Denise had suffered a fall while on set of the new channel Seven challenge show, causing her to ‘break her shoulder in three places’.
Telling tales: Lawrence Mooney (pictured) decided to share numerous anecdotes about beloved star Denise on Triple M’s Moonman in the Morning
The Herald Sun understands the injury occurred at 3am on Friday morning, with a statement provided to the publication reading: ‘While filming Holey Moley in Brisbane, Denise Drysdale tripped on a putting green and sustained a shoulder injury.
‘Denise is a national treasure and everyone is wishing her a speedy recovery.’
For the challenge, that has to be shot in the dark, the TV legend received an electric shock via electrodes whenever she missed a shot on the putting green.
The injury is said to not be the result of an electric shock, but rather Denise dancing and interacting with the audience on the outdoor set.
Denise is to remain in hospital in the Gold Coast, and will undergo further scans.
On Friday, she said from her hospital bed: ‘Mummy has taken a tumble and has broken one of her chicken wings. The hospital are taking good care of me.’
Denise’s accident comes on the back of a series of health issues in recent years, including a knee replacement surgery almost two years ago, and a blindness scare last year.
Health scares: Denise’s accident comes on the back of a series of health issues in recent years, including a knee replacement surgery almost two years ago, and a blindness scare last year