Friday 15 December 2017

Journalists share hilarious bloopers in solidarity with ABC newscaster Natasha Exelby following embarrassing on air gaffe

And Russell Crowe has demanded she be reinstated

Natahsa Exelby
Natahsa Exelby
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

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


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