The Australian comedian, who is best known as a presenter on current affairs show The 7pm Project alongside Carrie Bickmore and Charlie Pickering, said that the unconcealed hole in Chapel Street in South Yarra is "dangerous" and he is in shock that it has not been covered up.
After being photographed by the hole, Hughes told listeners on his radio show: "I fell into this at 2pm yesterday afternoon in bright sunlight. There [were] about 30 witnesses around me and I yelled, 'This is dangerous'.
"I staggered off and I cannot believe nothing has been done. This hole is still there, there's no tape around it. It is in the middle of the footpath, the most dangerous hole I've ever seen."
A councillor from the local authority called Hughes on his show and said that the hole needed to be reported in order to be filled, but added that a 24-hour response team would make it their priority.
Hughes's The 7pm Project was recently extended by Channel Ten and will be renamed The Project after George Negus's current affairs programme at 6.30pm was axed. Negus was labelled "over-indulgent" and got poor viewing figures since the show debuted in January this year.
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