Studio 10 host Sarah Harris has apologised after using the wrong pronouns when actor Elliot Page came out as a transgender man earlier this week.
The star of Juno took to their Instagram on Wednesday, stating: “I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.”
In a segment about the news on Studio 10, Sarah Harris said: “Good for her, them, he”, going on to call it “confusing”.
Yesterday, Sarah issued an apology to Elliot, saying she ‘stuffed up the pronouns’ and ‘tried to make a joke to move on’.
“I need to apologise for my reaction that I had yesterday when you first announced the news about Elliot Page,” Sarah said on the show.
“I completely stuffed up the pronouns, I got flustered, I tried to make a joke and move on. Looking back, that was pretty insensitive.
She went on to say it was a “genuine mistake” , apologising again and calling it a “brain snap”.
“A lot of people say 'don't apologise', but I felt really lousy and I'd hate anyone to feel like I was attacking them in that way. It was just a moment. I'm really sorry.”
On Wednesday, Sarah took to her Twitter to admit she had made a mistake and to let her followers know she would be apologising on air the next day.
“I totally stuffed this up, my mind was somewhere else (ahead two segments) and I completely mishandled this. I unreservedly apologise and will do so on the show tomorrow,” she wrote.
On Wednesday, 33-year-old Inception and Umbrella Academy star, Elliot, took to Twitter with an in-depth and heartfelt message to fans announcing the news.
“Hi friends,” he wrote. “I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.”
“I feel lucky to be writing this,” he continued. “To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.”
“I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.
“I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society.”
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