We all fuck up at work sometimes. Some of us fuck up daily, even. Most of us, however, don’t have tens of thousands of people watching us when we fuck up. Thank fuck.
Unfortunately for Natasha Exelby, the exact reverse is the case for her. She went delightfully viral over the weekend after she got caught unaware by a cut back to the ABC24 desk:
— Media Watch (@ABCmediawatch) April 9, 2017
While, to the rest of us, this seemed wonderful, funny, and charming, it seems the ABC did not see it in the same light, with News Corp reporting that Exelby has been sacked from all on-air duties, although there is no indication that she has been let go entirely from the ABC.
Understandably, the internet has not taken it well:
Oh get fucked. Surely not https://t.co/P0Uc5OjEzK
— Wil Anderson (@Wil_Anderson) April 10, 2017
Natasha’s ABC24 bosses are absolutely monstrous arseholes and if I met them I would mock them til they cried. https://t.co/GUE3IXi8WG
— Jon Kudelka (@jonkudelka) April 10, 2017
Massive over-reaction from the ABC, surely? No harm done. https://t.co/ffwYnLIS2g
— James Massola (@jamesmassola) April 10, 2017
— Darren Chester MP (@DarrenChesterMP) April 10, 2017
— Chris Cox (@Coxy4Queensland) April 10, 2017
Defund ABC24 now #Brexelby
— Peter Phelps MLC (@PeterPhelpsMLC) April 10, 2017
So what, now @abcnews have a precedent of zero mistakes or you’re out on a twenty four hour channel? Yeah, good luck with that turn over.
— Brendan (@macleanbrendan) April 10, 2017
This is brutal. Every single one of us has made a mistake at some point and this is among the most innocuous and harmless mistakes ever https://t.co/3zjWPMYr1m
— Matt Bungard (@TheMattBungard) April 10, 2017
Especially dickish considering how much mileage the ABC have gotten out of it via the Media Watch clip. https://t.co/2CwKLHjruu
— spicy cinnamon taco (@Caitlin_Welsh) April 10, 2017
Neither Exelby or the ABC has so far confirmed the news, with Exelby telling News Corp that it would be inappropriate for her to comment at this time.
Shit’s fucked, hey.
Source: Twitter / @ABCmediawatch.