Sunrise’s Nat Barr calls out Joe Hildebrand live on-air over royal joke

Joe Hildebrand was told off by Nat Barr during an appearance on Sunrise on Wednesday morning after he made an off-colour joke about the royal family.

The former Studio 10 star spoke with Nat alongside Sea FM host Bianca Dye about the two future kings, Prince Charles and Prince William, who recently showed their support for climate action at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

Sunrise host Nat Barr and Joe Hildebrand.
Natt Barr called out Joe Hildebrand live on-air. Photos: Channel Seven

Midway through their chat, Joe commented on the British monarchy's line of succession and made a controversial remark about people from Scotland.

“It’s good to see the Queen doing better than her namesake, Elizabeth I, and think about the future because as we all know, Elizabeth I’s great failing - one of very few it has to be said - was to not produce an heir,” he began.


“Which meant that James VI from Scotland became James I from England and took over the British throne, and we all know what happens when the Scots get involved in those sorts of things, it never ends well.”

Nat was quick with her reply, telling Joe that he would have to deal with the inevitable backlash from fans about his comments.

“Okay, you’re answering the emails from all our Scottish viewers, Joe,” she said, before adding with a laugh, “Get off”.

Nat Barr, Joe Hildebrand and Bianca Dye on Sunrise.
Nat wasn’t impressed with Joe’s off-colour jokes. Photo: Channel Seven

However, that wasn’t the only time Joe tried to cause trouble during his brief appearance on the Channel Seven breakfast show.

After Bianca suggested that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should have greater involvement in the fight for climate action, Joe suggested a different member of the royal family be a part of the discussion.

“Maybe Prince Andrew? What’s he up to these days?” he slyly remarked.

In September, Virginia Roberts Giuffre filed a civil lawsuit against Andrew, alleging that he sexually assaulted her when she was 17, a minor under US law.

“Joe, you’re a troublemaker,” Nat replied, swiftly shutting Joe down.

The on-air moment comes shortly after Nat Barr was left cringing after an awkward interview with deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce, who repeatedly called her 'Fran' during a segment on Monday.

“Fran, you don't litigate it on television, but it's fair to say, at the start - I'm calling you Fran - that was just the interview I did. Nat, sorry about that,” he said.

“It's ok Fred, keep going,” she responded.

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