Australian Newsreader Natasha Exelby 'Will Not Be Fired' Over Viral Blooper

Caught on camera daydreaming at the end of a prerecorded segment, Exelby's shocked reaction as she realised she was back on the air immediately went viral, and has been praised as a amusing, relatable moment by internet users far and wide.

The same can't be said for Natasha Exelby, the now former news anchor, who was sacked for being completely fascinated by her pen, and unprepared for the transition from one packaged news report to another.

The ABC released a statement stating 'we take on-air standards extremely seriously, but we don't expect perfection. It explained that the presenter was booked for occasional on-air shifts and does other occasional shifts for the ABC News channel.

Mr Morris added that ABC wanted her to continue working casual shifts and regretted that the incident had attracted such attention.

Australian journalists have taken to social media to share their most embarrassing blunders to show solidarity with ABC news presenter Natasha Exelby.

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A Change.org petition was also set up, calling on ABC to reinstate the journalist - and it has 1,181 supporters.

Another commented on the original post sharing the video: "Thanks to Media Watch - she's been boned". But most of us aren't caught on live television.

Soon after the video went viral, several reports claimed the news organization has fired the newscaster for her mistake.

Ms Exelby received a message of support from actor Russell Crowe who wrote: "Come on ABC - Australian Broadcasting Commission - talk about an overreaction to an overreaction". Her job was to present the news; why was she not concentrating on the content?

The Ten news presenter had enjoyed some flirting with an Irish guest who she said "might get to be one lucky little leprechaun" before later getting a "case of the giggles".

  • Carlos Nash