"It was a time when you did not remember these things," Geldof said of his previous hosting. "They come and go."
"Like tonight?" Urban asked.
"Judging by your performance, yes," Geldof replied.
If it was a joke, the audience did not buy it. Many have criticized the exchange on Twitter, while others have questioned why ARIA has called for international musicians to participate. Things continued in the congress when Geldof introduced the candidates for the song of the year, admitting that he could not read the car club and drop the F-bomb.
However, the inconvenient stinging story did not hurt Nine. Wednesday's average audience received an average audience of 672,000 people, with the show being better than the rest of the Nine Hot place and 10 years Project.
Last last ceremony was first broadcast on the main channel Nine. The exhibition was earmarked by a global average audience of 708,000 people – a welcoming shot in hand from the last few years, when it was broadcasting on the network 10.
In 2016, approximately 593,000 people looked at ARIA, with less than half a million people tuned in the past year. With a viewing TV that has been steadily declining over the years, numbers since 2002 have fallen to about 1.2 million people to watch the Kasey Chambers winning album.
Nine claims streaming Wednesday night was a success, as it was the most popular program between 16-39-year-olds.
Ten-year program director Hamish Turner said he was "pleased" by the audience's response.
"It was a fantastic production that features so many unique voices from the Australian music industry that resonate here and overseas," he said.
Brody Carmody is a reporter at Fairfax Media.