Celebrity panel roast the Mad Butcher, Sir Peter Leitch

He’s usually the one cooking the roasts, but the Mad Butcher was last night the subject of an all-star roasting.

In front of a live audience at the SkyCity Convention Centre, Sir Peter Leitch has had a few jibes thrown at him by a panel of his mates, including former All Black coach Sir Graham Henry, NewstalkZB host Leighton Smith, broadcaster Murray Deaker, former Blues coach Sir John Kirwan and journalist David Hartnell.

In association with Newstalk ZB and the Herald, the 72-year-old is the guest of honour for a celebrity roast.

Made famous by Dean Martin in the 1970s, the tradition of roasting is a mock take on “toasting” a famous guest. Instead of praising guests, hosts light-heartedly insult them and make jokes at their expense.

Despite the jokes, Kirwan told the audience Leitch “was always there for my dad”, who had a heart attack.

“I know we are roasting him, and he treated me pretty poorly in the early days – and he ruined most butchers in Auckland – but I consider him a special New Zealander.”

The pair hugged after Kirwan spoke, with Leitch saying, “John for f**** sake get over it.”

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