Well-known SBS presenter Lee Lin Chin has resigned from the broadcaster, sparking a wave of tributes on social media and praise for her work of over 30 years.
Chin told Ten Daily’s Sandra Sully there were several “small to medium-sized reasons” for her resignation, but would not elaborate.
Chin is often characterised as a queen and boss, and there have calls over the years by fans for her to take the helm as leader of the nation.
But she wasn’t always the beer-swilling, self-proclaimed “Queen of Australian TV”, whose sassy tweets tend to rack up thousands of likes and retweets and who picked an online fight with Pauline Hanson.
SBS’ comedy show The Feed first recruited Chin to play “an exaggerated version of herself” back in 2013, where she initially presented comedic segments like “Celebrity Chin-Wag”.
The off-beat skits went viral, and the persona was further cultivated on Twitter with the help of comedy writer Chris Leben. That said, an SBS insider told the Sydney Morning Herald that Chin could actually be quite funny, “which she is never allowed to be on the news”.
Regardless — in honour of her departure from our screens reading the news, here are some of her best moments, both on Twitter, television, and brutally slaughtering her fellow journalistic colleagues.
‘Who’s that handsome?’
Lee Lin Chin blooper
Before the online cult of Chin began, she was simply a stylish newsreader. A stylish newsreader who could appreciate reporter Dan Rivers’ segment on SBS World News.
Twitter was the place where Chin’s online persona was built and cultivated — with humble beginnings celebrating 300 followers to sassing Karl Stefanovic and bragging about being at the pub with two 25-year-old models.
Then there was the time Chin faced off against “Australia’s most respected journalists in a fight to the death”, a la Anchorman. Vale, Sandra Sully.
“Commence Operation Boomerang.”
So much fashion. No other newsreader in Australia was on the same adventurous page as Chin. There was even a Facebook page set up at one point to document the different outfits.