Journalists share hilarious bloopers in solidarity with ABC newscaster Natasha Exelby following embarrassing on air gaffe
And Russell Crowe has demanded she be reinstated
An Aussie newscaster who went viral after an embarrassing on air gaffe was taken off the on air roster by her employers, ABC.
Natasha Exelby, a freelancer, caused a stir when she was seen absentmindedly playing with her pen, unaware she was back on air. When she realised her mistake she gasped in horror.
News that she was later removed from the job by ABC didn't go down well with viewers, however, with many taking to social media to demand she be reinstated.
Even Russell Crowe got in on the act by tweeting, "Come on ABC - Australian Broadcasting Commission - talk about an over reaction to an over reaction . Free @NatashaExelby !!!"
However, ABC director of news Gaven Morris said reporters are "humans, not robots" and added, "While she is not currently doing any on-air shifts, this will be subject to normal performance management."
"We take on-air standards extremely seriously, but we don’t expect perfection. No one would ever be punished for a blooper."
Other journalists have been sharing their own blooper stories in solidarity with Natasha under the hashtag #PutYourBloopersOut
We once published a one-page obituary for a player who wasn't dead. He rang the office and said 'I'm not brown bread'... #PutYourBloopersOut— Inside Football (@InsideFooty) April 11, 2017
I wrote a story in the H-Sun on the Father and Daughter duo of Andy and Kate Gath— Nick Quinn (@Quinny_1) April 11, 2017
They are actually are a married couple#PutYourBloopersOut
I asked for an interview with someone who has been dead since 1962 #putyourbloopersout— Sally Rawsthorne (@sallyrawsthorne) April 10, 2017
F1, Ten, 2011: I interview a team owner thinking he was someone else. Live. He mocked me. A million people watched. #putyourbloopersout— Will McCloy (@will_mccloy) April 10, 2017
Won a blooper award while on 2UE in early 90's for mispronouncing 'tangential' as 'tangenital' (it was late). No sack #PutYourBloopersOut— Brian Carlton (@Spoonyman) April 10, 2017
Once was looking at a photo of my wife while on phone to a client. Accidently told client "love you" when saying goodbye #putyourbloopersout— Clint Dixon (@ClintDixon01) April 12, 2017
We once put 'Beware the gibbering toad' to air as a caption (also at the ABC) over a grab from the then Prime Minister. #PutYourBloopersOut— Alex Fairhill (@AlexFairhill) April 11, 2017