A clip from 2002 involving Steve Irwin and Rove McManus is going viral on social media for all the right reasons.
It's been nearly two decades since the legendary Steve Irwin sat down on the couch with Rove and it's reinforced why the world loved him so much.
The near-four minute video was posted on Reddit with the headline 'Damn this guy is missed'. It's been upvoted nearly nine thousand times and many have been reminiscing about Steve.
One person said: "He is modern royalty. If Bob and Bindi [Irwin's children] needed my help, if they needed me to carry a flag into battle, I would. Because they are the prince and princess of the king. Not a man I voted for, but one that campaigned for us, for the animals, and for the Earth. I don't know them. But I love the Irwins and it's because of how special Steve 'the bloke' Irwin was."
Another added: "I strongly believe the world would be a different place if he was still around. Characters as eternally positive and passionate as him are becoming increasingly rare."
A third wrote: "The saddest thing about Irwin's death was that nobody seemed to enjoy being alive as much as he did."
The actual interview went for close to 10 minutes and the pair discussed wide-ranging topics such as the importance of conservation, being a celebrity in America, what he loves about the outback and changing up his style when he was getting started in TV.
Irwin expressed how proud he was about going overseas to promote animal conservation and because he was larger than life, many people lapped up every word he said.
The full interview can be found here:
Everyone knows how down-to-Earth Steve was and that led Rove to ask whether he played it up for the cameras.
The Crocodile Hunter shut down any idea that he was any different when the recording stopped, but said that he did try to go the other way when his documentaries were getting started.
In the 1990s, Irwin says he was influenced by the likes of Sir David Attenborough and wanted to give an air of professionalism to his craft. When Steve's producer told him that his ratings were dropping, he ramped back up to his charismatic self and the rest is history.
As we all sadly know, Steve was killed by a stingray on 4 September 2006, which was a dark day for everyone around the world who loved him.Featured Image Credit: Channel 10