But unfortunately for Exelby the report included news reports on violent riots in Brazil, in which 1 person was killed, and worse, a story on an Indian building collapse in which 10 people were killed including 5 children.
At the end of the bulletin Exelby apologised on air saying, “I just wanted to apologise. I got a case of the giggles a little bit earlier while reading some very serious news and if I have offended anyone I am sincerely sorry.”
The moment was apparently caused by presenter Matt Doran teasing Irish developer Allan Dixon about finding an Aussie wife, and having a suntan with Exelby.
A TEN spokesperson told TV Tonight she has been upset ever since the incident.
“There is no excusing Natasha’s behaviour. TEN regards it as totally unacceptable. Although it was a genuine mistake, Natasha is appalled by her behaviour and upset. She sincerely apologises to all viewers,” they said.
She also apologised to individual tweets telling one outraged viewer, “Your comment is more than fair. I sincerely apologise.”