A man who streaked nude during Nine News reporter Tim McMillan live cross admits he did the stunt to "stick it up" to a co-worker who had chickened out of the dare.
The nude man named Lou sprinted across the screen during last night's piece-to-camera in the NSW Blue Mountains just as reporter Tim McMillian was standing outside Katoomba's historical Carrington Hotel last night describing the chilly winter solstice conditions.
When asked about why he did the stunt, he explained on camera that the idea had started at work.
"I guess it all started at work with a dare, a spatula, a bowl of dough and a muffin tray."
He said he dared a waitress to run down the street naked if he managed to accurately shoot some dough into a kitchen bowl — but she had "wimped out".
He admitted it was "pretty cold" but said he just took the opportunity when it came.
"I thought this was a perfectly good way to stick it up to her on national TV."
The man stripped down in the wintry conditions but managed to protect his modesty during the brazen streak as rugged-up spectators watched in disbelief.
According to the Bureau of Meterology, the temperature at Katoomba on Tuesday night was close to zero degrees Celcius.
With his back to the crowd, McMillian was none the wiser as he finished his report — but later interviewed the man when he discovered just why onlookers had burst into laughter.
The streaking incident even inspired local musicians, who came up with the song Keep your packet in your pants.