Kerri-Anne Kennerley calls out politically correct Aussies who 'can’t laugh at themselves'

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

She’s hit headlines in the past for her controversial comments and now Kerri-Anne Kennerley has called out Aussies who ‘can’t laugh at themselves’. 

The 66-year-old Studio 10 host spoke out in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, lamenting the loss of what she calls the ‘Aussie larrikin’. 

Kerri-Anne Kennerley has hit back at the haters. Photo: Getty Images

“Political correctness to me means that you are too afraid to say what you really mean because one tenth or one per cent of the population might be hugely offended and can’t laugh at themselves. What’s wrong with us these days? You have to have a laugh,” Kerri-Anne said. 

“I think there is a lot to be said for that because we have gone so woke these days that so many people are actually frightened to say what they think or have a joke, for God’s sake.”

She went on to say that “not everybody is evil or cruel or homophobic or sexist” and called Australians the “greatest larrikins of all time because we can laugh at ourselves”. 

In December, Kerri-Anne was forced to apologise after she was accused of ‘slut-shaming’ a fellow presenter on an episode of Studio 10, prompting widespread outrage from viewers.

Journalist Antoinette Lattouf appeared on Studio 10 as a guest reporter, sharing a segment on slang words when Kerri-Anne made the not-so-subtle dig.

It comes after Kerri-Anne was forced to apologise in December over comments she made to journalist Antoinette Lattouf. Photo: Channel 10

“Did you forget your pants?” the 66-year-old asked Antoinette in a strange diversion from the conversation around emojis the two were initially having.

“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.

Kerri-Anne is said to have called the journalist afterwards and the pair had a ‘respectful’ conversation.

Kerri-Anne previously stated on the show that she manages to avoid reading any mean comments about herself on social media. 

“I'm so glad I don't know how to do Twitter and most of those other things because apparently people do say mean things,” she said on Studio 10. 

“Luckily, I have no idea what they are.”

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