Former Studio 10 executive producer Rob McKnight has weighed in on the drama surrounding Denise Drysdale and former co-presenter Ita Buttrose.
McKnight, who is currently locked in a legal battle with the network over salaries, opened up on the (non) departure of Drysdale from the show during a TV Blackbox podcast.
But he went back to the fall-out during filming late last year, which was followed by his dismissal.
“There is something about all this that has really upset me. I know the Brussels Sprouts incident is a joke to everyone,” McKnight said.
“Ita Buttrose was assaulted at that shoot. It wasn’t a Christmas party, it was a shoot, we were in a professional situation recording a Christmas video clip.
“Denise has admitted she was drinking,” he stated . “I think the amount will come out in the court case and to make light of this situation.
“Ita is horrified by this. She is embarrassed by it. She is a victim here and she has become the butt of jokes.
“What did Ita Buttrose ever do to deserve this amount of hatred from Studio 10 and this lack of respect? I really don’t understand it.
“Jessica Rowe was given a three and a half hour bon voyage by Studio 10, and Ita was given a ‘don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out. The whole show was built around Ita Buttrose. She was the face of it. How TEN and the people at Studio 10 have treated her I can’t reconcile in my head. She doesn’t deserve this.”
Drysdale has previously conceded, ”I was in a jovial mood. The Christmas party was that night and I could not go, so I had a couple of glasses of champagne towards the end of the day and I threw the brussels sprout and I shouldn’t have.”
In April Buttrose said, “I didn’t throw any sprouts. I was working. This was our Christmas shoot and I was working.
“Now that’s all I want to say about it because it’s a long time ago and I’m tired of it coming up. I know you all love to ask about it but I’m over it.”
McKnight’s legal case with TEN is due to return to court on November 1 after mediation failed.
TEN has been contacted for comment.