Network 10 has issued a statement after comments by Kerri-Anne Kennerley on Studio 10 directed at Extinction Rebellion protestors.
It’s the second time she has dismissed their protests.
This week dozens of people have been arrested for blocking roads, and one man was arrested after he suspended himself from Brisbane’s Story Bridge. There were 56 arrests in Melbourne on Tuesday, according to Extinction Rebellion, and more than 40 people have been arrested in Sydney so far.
“Personally, I would leave them all super glued to wherever they do it,” she said.
“The guy hanging from the Story Bridge. Why send emergency services? Leave him there until he gets himself out. No emergency services should help them, nobody should do anything, and you just put little witches hats around them, or use them as a speedbump.”
Sarah Harris attempted to hose it down saying, “Oh, we’re going to get into trouble!”
KAK later added, “Put them in jail, forget to feed them!”
Her comments quickly lit up social media.
A 10 spokesperson said in a statement:
“This morning on Studio 10 Kerri-Anne Kennerley made comments regarding climate protesters that were said in jest.
“Before the show concluded, Sarah Harris reiterated the tone of her remarks, affirming that Kerri-Anne wasn’t inciting violence.
“Kerri-Anne confirmed that she was indeed speaking in hyperbole and her words were clearly a joke. There was no intent to cause offence.
“Over the past few days, Studio 10 has extensively addressed a range of opinions on this subject.”
But KAK told Ben Fordham she was not sorry for her remarks.
Extinction Rebellion spokesman James Norman told news.com.au “I would just point out Extinction Rebellion is a peaceful, non-violent organisation at the centre of all our tactics and messaging.”
Studio 10 was recently cleared of an ACMA investigation following comments instigated by KAK around Australia Day.