Even former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had words of support for the news anchor
Ms Exelby took to Twitter to thank 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
Using the hashtag #PutYourBloopersOut, journalists shared anecdotes that were both hilarious and horrifying.
"Who's that handsome..."
She just wanted to touch up her make up before going on-air
This poor woman's co-anchors messed with her auto cue and she called it her "Anchorman" moment
No, infamous does not mean very famous
I repeatedly referred to acclaimed author Harper Lee as 'infamous' while on air because I though it meant VERY famous #PutYourBloopersOut— Jessica (@JessKlaj) April 10, 2017
To be fair, he passed out
All journalists are making mental notes on what not to say. Ever.
My first words on live radio as the announcer unexpectedly pointed my cue early? "F***!" #PutYourBloopersOut— Matthew Schulz (@matthew_schulz) April 11, 2017
But, think of the poor children
I once accidentally admitted that Santa was a lie on air at 7:50am on breakfast radio #putyourbloopersout— Sam Blacker (@blackersam) April 10, 2017
It would be hard not to laugh at this
Oh-so-relatable to anyone who has ever done an early morning shift
ABC issued a statement saying reports that Ms Exelby "has been 'banned,' 'barred' or 'fired' are untrue."
"Live television is a demanding art and slip-ups will happen – our presenters are humans, not robots," ABC's director of news Gaven Morris said.
"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."
"While she is not currently doing any on-air shifts, this will be subject to normal performance management. I have spoken to Natasha and conveyed our regret that this has attracted such attention."
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