ABC News presenter Natasha Exelby is making headlines after she was found daydreaming and missed her cue on live television.
A video of her dramatic reaction is making rounds all over the internet where she was caught playing with a pen when the camera cut back to her at her desk during Saturday’s evening bulletin:
Although her shocked response gave the audience something to laugh about, her bosses were less amused.
As per reports by The Daily Telegraph, Exelby on Monday was told that she had lost her news-reading position and had been banned from any more on-air work.
After hearing the news of the Queensland-born journalist being fired, Australian Member of Parliament, Bill Shorten posted a tweet on the social media for her reinstatement.
It's live TV. This is just ridiculous.https://t.co/xy6dp7nKwi— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) April 10, 2017
While most of the viewers laughed off Exelby’s ‘innocent blooper’ that was posted by ABC’s own Media Watch program, many presenters, journalists and personalities around the world posted tweets in her support.
Massive over-reaction from the ABC, surely? No harm done. https://t.co/ffwYnLIS2g— James Massola (@jamesmassola) April 10, 2017
Utterly ridiculous. I'm not just sticking up for Tash because she's one of my best friends, but she is a natural, professional presenter https://t.co/PHBV4QNXnI— Daniela Ritorto (@danielaritorto) April 10, 2017
My career would have ended with my first country radio job if I'd been punished like this for a much worse but still innocent blooper. https://t.co/MHKwcAemmG— Latika M Bourke (@latikambourke) April 10, 2017
What a ridiculous, humourless over reaction. Not even Virginia Trioli was sacked for the Barnaby Joyce incident. The world has gone mad ????♀️ https://t.co/j0koEf1deW— Laura Jayes (@ljayes) April 10, 2017
Some even shared stories about their embarrassing blunders while at work.
I asked for an interview with someone who has been dead since 1962 #putyourbloopersout— Sally Rawsthorne (@sallyrawsthorne) April 10, 2017
I danced in my seat in the news booth in between audio grabs, not realising we were live streaming the news bulletin. #putyourbloopersout— Lisa Barnes (@Barnsy_Lisa) April 10, 2017
I once instantly ruined an April Fools Day joke by stating on air "And now for an April Fools Day joke..." #PutYourBloopersOut— Dan Ranson (@danranson_) April 10, 2017
Noticing this, Exelby took to twitter to thank all her followers for their support.
Thank U all for ur generous support. Not my finest hour. Myself and my mesmerising pen honourably salute you!— Natasha Exelby (@NatashaExelby) April 10, 2017
However, ABC director of news Gavin Morris said that reports of her being banned or fired are untrue.
“Live television is a demanding art and slip-ups will happen, our presenters are humans, not robots,” he said, reports The Guardian.
“We take on-air standards extremely seriously, but we don’t expect perfection. No one would ever be punished for a blooper and, while it isn’t appropriate to publicly discuss confidential details of people’s personal work arrangements, this has not happened to Natasha,” he added.
Nonetheless, as it happened on live television on a serious telecast, the ‘significance’ of this blunder is beyond explanation. If this is the situation there, just imagine the magnitude of such kind of goof ups if it were to happen in India on live telecasts.
So, here we bring to you a compilation of some goof ups on live TV in India. See if you can relate:
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