An ABC journalist has apologised after a segment that including him swearing aired on live television.
Elias Clure was in the middle of an update on Victoria’s hotel quarantine for ABC’s News at noon program when he was heard saying “f**k it!”
Clure was mid-sentence when he let slip the profanity.
“Alfred Health contracted staff to conduct cleaning, but also Victoria’s problem plagued hotel system is back in the spotlight, after it revealed … ahh f**k it,” he said while off camera.
The live program then cut to host Ros Child who seamlessly continued with the program after a quick apology.
Clure took to Twitter to apologise for the on-air gaffe, which he said was pre-recorded and wasn’t meant to make it to air.
“My sincerest apologies to our great ABC News viewers! My little moment of frustration was a pre-recorded outtake and never meant to go to air. However good lesson for me to NEVER swear in front of an open mic!!” Clure tweeted.
My sincerest apologies to our great @abcnews viewers! My little moment of frustration was a pre-recorded outtake and never meant to go to air. However good lesson for me to NEVER swear in front of an open mic!!— Elias Clure (@EliasClure) October 1, 2020
Viewers and fellow journalists were quick to defend the him, with many brushing it off.
“BREAKING: Elias is human. End of story,” fellow ABC reporter Tamara Oudyn responded.
“S**t happens. Keep up the great work!” AAP correspondent Benita Kolovos tweeted.
“Whoever cut that owes you a beer!” a viewer wrote.
“Thank you, I needed that. Funniest thing I’ve seen all day,” another viewer commented.
Straight after this piece to camera was filmed - viewers will be disappointed to learn that my professional standards dropped and I yelled out “oh f*%k this”. https://t.co/LLa9dXt5l9— Elias Clure (@EliasClure) July 1, 2020
Clure then followed up with a light hearted mention of a previously filmed segment where he reported on a stomach churning ride at Melbourne’s Luna Park.
“I’ll save my profanities for the next time I’m on that bloody roller coaster,” he tweeted.
Clure admitted that his “profession standards dropped” when filming on the rollercoaster, he said he “yelled out ‘Oh f**k this’” as soon as he had stopped filming.
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