Victorian Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has accepted an apology from Yumi Stynes, George Negus and Channel TEN.
On Tuesday The Circle came under fire for light-hearted comments about his physique following an interview on Sunday Night.
“Initially I was a little surprised at the comments but I also understand they were not meant to be malicious in any way,” he said in a statement.
“I would like to thank the Australian public and Australian Defence Force personnel for their overwhelming support – my wife and I were extremely touched by the outpouring of support and concern.
“I have read the statements from both Yumi and George and they have both since contacted me directly to apologise for any offence caused.
“I have now put this matter behind me so I can focus on serving my country.”
TEN apologised yesterday for any offence.
“Network TEN apologises for the comments made on The Circle yesterday surrounding Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith. We recognise he is a highly decorated soldier, national hero and we have the utmost respect for him. We are sorry for any offence this may have caused him and sincerely echo today’s apology by The Circle,” a spokesperson said.
Stynes also apologised, saying “…I’m really sorry. I didn’t mean to offend anybody and I have total respect for people that work in the the defence forces, and I’ve never met Ben but I’m sure he’s lovely and he does seem like a big family man.’’
George Negus added, “In no way was it meant to be a comment or a reflection on Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, directly or otherwise.
“However, if my comment has unintentionally offended Ben, his family, or his ADF/SAS colleagues, obviously I am sorry.”