Gladiators floored by porn scandal

Gladiators floored by porn scandal - Herald Sun - 2nd April 2008
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Hit television show Gladiators has been implicated in an internet porn scandal after pictures of a Queensland contestant were found on a raunchy gay site.

Sheet-metal worker Sam Brodie was discovered on the gay porn website "Seduced Straight Guys" under the pseudonym Ben in several provocative poses, including wearing a Queensland Reds jumper. The pictures have been picked up by DNA magazine.

The 23-year-old describes himself on the site as "a bit of a ladies' man".

A spokesman for Gladiators said Brodie was part of the show but lost and would not be "going forward" with future episodes.

He might have bombed out on Sunday night, but it may not be a complete loss for the part-time poser.

He now has a new fanbase - gay internet site "Same Same", which made the story the lead on its website yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the star of the original Gladiators was Vulcan, and the man himself has a message for the current crop - you're soft.

The new version was a winner for Channel 7, pulling 1.8 million viewers.

But Vulcan, real name John Seru, isn't a fan.

"They were soft compared to us," said Seru, 44.

"I should have been there to show them how it should be done because I'm still the man."



John "Vulcan" Seru