Kevin Rudd says there are no hard feelings after a make-up artist labelled the Prime Minister her worst-ever client.
Mr Rudd's win in Wednesday night's People's Forum was overshadowed by the frosty reception he allegedly gave freelance stylist Lily Fontana, who did the make-up for Mr Rudd and Tony Abbott before the televised event.
In a post on Facebook, Ms Fontana wrote: "One of them was absolutely lovely, engaged in genuine conversation with me, acknowledged that I had a job to do and was very appreciative. The other did the exact opposite!
"Oh boy, I have never had anyone treat me so badly whilst trying to do my job.
"Political opinions aside … from one human being to another … Mr Abbott, you win hands down."
But as the post began to be shared widely on social media and gained traction on talkback radio, Ms Fontana removed it from her page, saying she did not think it would get so much attention.
"What a lesson to learn," she wrote. "I've removed the post & regret making the comments."
Questioned about her criticism, Mr Rudd said he had been "in the zone" preparing for the forum.
"I don't know about you but I'm not happy to have make-up on the best of days," he said.
"I think misunderstandings occur and no hard feelings in terms of her comments, which this person has withdrawn."
Sky News rebuked Ms Fontana and stressed she was not its employee.
"The comments posted were extremely unprofessional and we do not agree with them," a statement said.
Mr Abbott praised Ms Fontana, saying she made his "craggy face" presentable.
"We had a great conversation and I think as for other conversations or lack of conversations that might have been had, I'll just leave that to Mr Rudd," the Opposition Leader said, adding he was prepped in a separate room to Mr Rudd.
It is not the first time Mr Rudd has copped flak over his treatment of female aides. In 2009 he reportedly left a RAAF flight attendant in tears after abusing her because his special meal request was not met.
_The West Australian _tried to contact Ms Fontana.