Did she go too far? Kerri-Anne accused of ‘slut-shaming’

Veteran TV host Kerri-Anne Kennerley is laying low amid growing criticism over her eyebrow-raising comments to a colleague on Studio 10 this week.

The outspoken media personality retreated to a golf course and would not comment when approached by Confidential about claims that she "slut-shamed" 10 daily senior reporter Antoinette Lattouf on the show.

"I'm good, sorry I can't speak right now I'm on the golf course," Kennerley, 66, said before hanging up.

Kerri-Anne Kennerley on Studio 10 on Friday.
Kerri-Anne Kennerley on Studio 10 on Friday.

It comes after Lattouf was left red-faced when Kennerley made blunt comments about her attire.

"Did you forget your pants today?" Kennerley asked Lattouf during a segment about modern-day dictionaries and emojis.

"It's a ju … it's a m... it's a playsuit," Lattouf stammered.

"A playsuit?" Kennerley replied laughing.

As fellow panellists Natarsha Belling and Joe Hildebrand nervously sat through the awkward moment, Angela Bishop tried to defend a visibly uncomfortable Lattouf.

"And she looks unbelievable!" Bishop interjected.

Not one to back down, Kennerley took another swipe: "And she's going to be thirsty."

The word "thirsty" is commonly used as slang in the US to describe someone who is desperate or trying too hard.

Frustrated viewers including feminist writer Clementine Ford vented their outrage on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

"Why is Kerri-Anne Kennerley slut shaming her colleague here on @Studio10au ? @antoinette_news deserves an apology Kerri-Anne needs to finally be put in the bin where she belongs," Ford tweeted.

Another viewer wrote: "I don't understand why Kerri-Anne is still on television? Is this the best commentators Australia has to offer? I hope not. Natarsha Belling's body language and near immediate 'moving along now' speaks volumes."

"It's time for #KAK to take a permanent break from TV, period," a third person wrote.

Channel 10 did not respond to a request for comment.

 

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Kennerley is no stranger to controversy, after her infamous clash with fellow panellist Yumi Stynes earlier this year.

During a debate about Australia Day and Invasion Day protesters, Kennerley said: "Has any one of them been out to the outback where children, babies and five-year-olds are being raped, their mothers are being raped, their sisters are being raped?"

The Studio 10 panel on Friday.
The Studio 10 panel on Friday.

Stynes accused her of "sounding racist", which prompted an investigation by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The media watchdog later cleared Channel 10 over complaints it had breached code 2.6.2 for airing the tense debate.

In May, Kennerley was accused of "transphobia" following her rant about Bill Shorten and Labour's plans ahead of the election for a National Gender Centre to support transgender people.

"One thing I'm seriously outraged about, the millions and millions they'll spend on a Gender Commission," she said on Studio 10.

"If your child is confused, the rights of your child will go to them, you will have no rights as a parent. That child will go, 'I want to be either a boy or girl, please give me whatever I need' and you as a parent will have no choice."

That same month, she took a swipe at Channel 9's axing of The AFL Footy Show, after the same network unexpectedly scrapped her own show Mornings with Kerri-Anne back in 2011.

"But who would've thought a network would not tell the on-air talent that they were fired?" she asked sarcastically.

Kennerley joined Studio 10 last year and has been a familiar face on TV screens for more than five decades.

Kerri-Anne Kennerley on Studio 10 on Friday.
Kerri-Anne Kennerley on Studio 10 on Friday.