Sylvia Jeffreys has abruptly ended an interview on the Today show on Wednesday morning after clashing with a Queensland business owner over the state's new vaccine laws.
The host was speaking to Gold Coast businessman Glen Day who has vowed to flout the new rule banning unvaccinated people from hospitality venues in Queensland from Friday, claiming the government was "taking away people's freedoms".
When Sylvia asked him for his reasons for the decision, Glen asked the Today host: "Can I ask you a question Sylvia, do you support human rights?"
She was quick to respond.
"I support the protection and safety of our frontline healthcare workers, do you?" she asked.
While Glen said "of course", he went on to add: "We should have the choice to make our own decision about what goes into our bodies."
In a previous interview with the Gold Coast Bulletin, the business owner said he had lost $3-$4M across his restaurants since the pandemic started and had been hoping the Christmas period would be a time to recover.
Glen continued saying "it was not right" that some people wouldn't be let in, and while he wasn't against vaccinations, he admitted he was not vaccinated against Covid-19 himself.
Sylvia called time on the interview when Glen said he believed the vaccines weren't "tested properly", basing his views on "what I hear from people", rather than experts in the media.
“The experts we rely on are fully qualified infectious disease experts," Sylvia hit back.
"We’ll leave it there. Thank you for your time."
The hospitality operator's businesses include popular eateries such as Pancakes in Paradise and Montezuma’s in Surfers Paradise and The Aztec on Broadbeach.
From Friday December 17, unvaccinated people will be unable to enter Queensland hospitality venues such as hotels, pubs, restaurants or cafes.
They will also be banned from sporting stadiums, theme parks, festivals, cinemas and nightclubs
Queensland Chief Health Officer John Gerrard warned the venue mandate was here to stay.
"It's not fair on the vaccinated to ask them to make sacrifices for the very small number of people who have not become vaccinated," he said.
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