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Mullet King Celebrates 20 Years

Known for his signature mullet, Mike Sharkey, lead broadcaster for Channel 7, has brought 1980s glam to the red carpet for more than 20 years.

From PeeWee Herman to Miss Piggy, he’s interviewed them all.

Throughout the years, he’s had some very memorable interviews on the red carpet. But the best interview, Sharkey says, happened off the red carpet.

Mike Sharkey interviews Cyndi Lauper on the red carpet the day her single “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” went platinum.

“I was coming out of Fantastic Sam’s with tears welling up in my eyes, when Rick Springfield was coming through the door for a walk-in appointment. He took one look at me and said, ‘Dude, I have to have that hair!’ So I said, tell you what, you give me an interview right now and I’ll give you my stylist’s number. In the interview, he revealed that he had had a nose job and calf enhancements.”

Little did Springfield know, Sharkey’s signature mullet was a bad haircut that turned into a stroke of good luck. “A week later, he was doing a cameo on Solid Gold and, sure enough, he had my hair!”

Mike Sharkey hoists a red carpet that was signed by all the celebrities he has interviewed over the past 20 years.

Ever since, Sharkey has taken his mullet seriously and has became a fashion icon to the American public.

The new hairstyle created such a stir that many nicknames were created for the famous cut. Here’s a list of some of our favorites — Neck Warmer, Guido, Camaro Cut, Ape Drape, and Beaver Paddle.

To comment, e-mail Sharkey at [email protected]

More on Mullets

• Visit for a timeline of Mike Sharkey’s mullet over the past 20 years.

• Take our mullet survey to reveal Sharkey’s best ‘do.

• Check out the 10 most popular celebrity mullets.

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