A short clip of an Australian anchor is taking the internet by storm. The video shows ABC24 newscaster, Natasha Exelby, playing with her pen completely unaware she was back on-air. When reality finally struck, she literally jumped in surprise — as would anyone after being caught off guard like that.
Her attempt to cover up the blooper was relatable and real. After all, we all make mistakes.
However, making one on national television can be expensive. Soon after the video went viral, several reports claimed Australia's ABC News fired Exelby for her mistake.
In order to stand with her, many journalists began sharing their own bloopers with the hashtag #PutYourBloopersOut.
Holly Byrnes, News Corp Australia's national TV editor, was the first to make the call to the reporting community to support Exelby.
And like wildfire, in solidarity with a fellow news anchor, several others shared their embarrassing stories.
I once accidentally admitted that Santa was a lie on air at 7:50am on breakfast radio #putyourbloopersout— Sam Blacker (@blackersam) April 10, 2017
I asked for an interview with someone who has been dead since 1962 #putyourbloopersout— Sally Rawsthorne (@sallyrawsthorne) April 10, 2017
However, Gaven Morris, ABC's director of news, denied the rumors of Exelby’s termination or suspension.
“Live television is a demanding art and slip-ups will happen — our presenters are humans, not robots,” he said. “We take on-air standards extremely seriously, but we don’t expect perfection. No one would ever be punished for a blooper and, while it isn’t appropriate to publicly discuss confidential details of people’s personal work arrangements, this has not happened to Natasha.”
As for Exelby, she took to Twitter to thank all her fellow journalists for the support.
Thank U all for ur generous support. Not my finest hour. Myself and my mesmerising pen honourably salute you!— Natasha Exelby (@NatashaExelby) April 10, 2017
This isn’t the first time Exelby's was caught in an on-air gaffe. Several years ago, she giggled repeatedly while reading serious news items about deaths and disasters for Channel Ten.
She apologized soon after the segment.