Georgia Love off-air following ‘racist’ post
Seven News reporter and former Bachelorette hauled off air after a workplace investigation by Seven.
Seven News reporter Georgia Love has been removed from on-air duties following a social media post which drew headlines this week.
The former Bachelorette posted on Instagram showing a cat sitting in the window of an Asian restaurant and wrote, “Shop attendant or lunch?”
Despite deleting the post it was the subject of numerous stories and criticism.
The Australian reports Seven conducted a workplace investigation and assigned her to a production desk, after counselling.
“We have addressed this matter internally and disciplinary action has been taken,” a Seven spokesman said.
“Seven does not condone this inappropriate conduct and all of our staff have the right to work in a safe, nurturing workplace free from prejudice”.
It isn’t clear how long she will remain off air.
On Tuesday Love was also accused over another Instagram post in 2013 which showed an “animal hospital” next to a restaurant called “China Chef”.
“I want to apologise for an inappropriate post on my personal social media account this week and for an old post that also resurfaced,” she said.
“I’m deeply sorry for the hurt that I’ve caused and, in particular, for offence to the Asian community. It certainly wasn’t my intention.
“My posts were inappropriate and offensive.
“There is no excuse for perpetuating racist stereotypes in any forum.
“I am committed to moving forward, learning and growing in my new role and I hope that in time I can earn your trust back.”
MasterChef judge Melissa Leong also took to social media this week to say, “Casual racism from nice people is possibly the most betraying and insidious kind.
“Not angry, just completely bummed that this video exists and that it isn’t the first joke of this kind made by her,” Leong wrote.
“Georgia, I really hope that your remorse is real and that you grow in the right direction, because this stuff hurts more people, more than you think. We must be allies for each other for a better world for all.”
Georgia Love has also deleted her Twitter account and has been dumped as a Chadstone shopping ambassador.