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Dave Hughes used to spend $200 a week at a brothel in his twenties

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Comedian Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes has revealed the most embarrassing phone call he’s ever shared with his mother.

The 2Day FM host admitted on Wednesday that his mum Carmel called to confront him over a recurring charge on his bank statement when he was in his twenties.

‘I said, “Mum, it’s [for] a brothel,”‘ the 51-year-old said, much to the amusement of his co-anchors Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan.

Toe-curler: Comedian Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes (pictured) has revealed the most embarrassing phone call he’s ever shared with his mother

The unfortunate disclosure came after Carmel checked her son’s bank statement, which was still mailed to his childhood home. 

She had been searching for Dave’s bank account number so she could transfer money directly to his account.

The funnyman recalled: ‘She [called me and] said, “You keep spending $200 at this bistro. Why are you spending money at this bistro?”‘

‘I told her, “Mum, you don’t want to know,”‘ added Hughesy, struggling not to laugh at the mortifying memory. 

Awkward! The 2Day FM host admitted on Wednesday that his mum called to confront him over a recurring charge on his bank statement when he was in his twenties. (Seen with Erin Molan)

Awkward! The 2Day FM host admitted on Wednesday that his mum called to confront him over a recurring charge on his bank statement when he was in his twenties. (Seen with Erin Molan)

But his mother continued to press him, and Hughesy, who was single at the time, finally admitted he’d been visiting sex workers.

When his mum asked why he would need to visit a brothel, he admitted to her: ‘I don’t know, mum. I can’t find a girlfriend.’

His co-hosts were stunned, with Erin asking, ‘Two hundred bucks? Is that all it costs?’

What the? 'I said, "Mum, it's [for] a brothel,"' Hughesy recalled, much to the amusement of his co-anchors Ed Kavalee (pictured) and Erin Molan

What the? ‘I said, “Mum, it’s [for] a brothel,”‘ Hughesy recalled, much to the amusement of his co-anchors Ed Kavalee (pictured) and Erin Molan

The admission comes as the Hughesy, Ed & Erin show makes a slow comeback in the ratings.

Hughesy admitted earlier this month it had been an uphill battle cracking into Sydney’s highly competitive radio market since the program launched last January. 

‘The Sydney market is very established and there are breakfast shows that have been on in Sydney for a decade or more; they’ve got rusted-on audiences,’ he told The Australian.

Challenging market: The admission comes as the Hughesy, Ed & Erin show makes a slow comeback in the ratings

Challenging market: The admission comes as the Hughesy, Ed & Erin show makes a slow comeback in the ratings

‘We’re starting a breakfast show on a network that had been playing music for two years before we came on, so we were starting from nothing really in terms of trying to get people to change their habits.’

Hughesy hosts 2Day FM’s breakfast slot with comedian Ed Kavalee and journalist Erin Molan.

In August, the show tumbled to an all-time low in the ratings, slipping down 0.9 points to a 2.4 per cent market share.  

Struggle: 'The Sydney market is very established and there are breakfast shows that have been on in Sydney for a decade or more, they've got rusted-on audiences,' Hughesy said

Struggle: ‘The Sydney market is very established and there are breakfast shows that have been on in Sydney for a decade or more, they’ve got rusted-on audiences,’ Hughesy said

The breakfast show has since clawed back, and this month celebrated its best result in three years with a 4.2 per cent audience share.

Hughesy recently relocated to Sydney to host the radio show.

The father of three said in December that his wife Holly Hughes ‘freaked out’ about the ‘far from ideal’ arrangement.

Team: Hughesy hosts 2Day FM's breakfast slot with Ed Kavalee (left) and Erin Molan (right)

Team: Hughesy hosts 2Day FM’s breakfast slot with Ed Kavalee (left) and Erin Molan (right)

‘The truth is I will be buying a property in Sydney in the next month or so and I will be up there a lot but we will still be splitting our time between Melbourne and Sydney,’ he said.

Dave started his radio career in 2001, alongside Kate Langbroek and Dave O’Neill on Nova’s Hughesy, Kate & Dave breakfast show.

In 2014, the radio show relaunched on KIIS FM but it was axed two years later.

In 2018, Dave and Kate joined the Hit Network replacing Hamish Blake and Andy Lee.

History: Dave started his radio career in 2001, alongside Kate Langbroek (left) and Dave O'Neill on Nova's Hughesy, Kate & Dave breakfast show

History: Dave started his radio career in 2001, alongside Kate Langbroek (left) and Dave O’Neill on Nova’s Hughesy, Kate & Dave breakfast show

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