Kerri-Anne Kennerley has apologised after she was accused of ‘slut-shaming’ a fellow presenter on Friday morning’s episode of Studio 10, prompting widespread outrage from viewers.
The 66-year-old is said to have called the journalist and the pair had a ‘respectful’ conversation.
“Kerri-Anne called Antoinette over the weekend and apologised for her comment. She reiterated her comment was not intended to cause offence. They had a respectful conversation and Antoinette accepted her apology,” a spokesperson said in a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle on Monday.
The apology comes after the outspoken host appeared to address the controversy over the weekend by replying to a comment a disgruntled Instagram user left on her most recent post, a photo of model Kris Smith and herself from December 5.
In the comment, the user slams Kerri-Anne’s actions – she asked guest reporter Antoinette Lattouf if she’d ‘forgotten her pants’ – as ‘uncalled for’ and suggests she be more respectful.
Kerri-Anne, however, wouldn’t be drawn in and simply denied knowledge of the incident.
“No idea what u r talking about,” the Logie Hall of Fame inductee responded.
Kerri-Anne’s ‘uncalled for’ comment
10 Daily senior news reporter Antoinette appeared on Channel 10’s morning show on Friday to present a segment on slang words when Kerri-Anne made the not-so-subtle dig.
“Did you forget your pants?” she asked Antoinette who was sporting a white playsuit with lace detailing at the shoulders.
“It’s a playsuit,” a clearly uncomfortable Antoinette told the veteran TV personality.
As Kerri-Anne’s co-hosts Joe Hildebrand and Natarsha Belling looked on in horror, Angela Bishop jumped to rescue the mum of two with a compliment.
“And she looks unbelievable,” Ang quickly injected, but KAK wasn’t done, adding, “and she’s going to be thirsty,” in a nod to their earlier discussion of the meaning of the slang word.
‘Thirsty,’ according to Urban Dictionary, is a synonym for feeling horny or sexual arousal.
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