Australian Newsreader Natasha Exelby 'Will Not Be Fired' Over Viral Blooper

Australian news anchor Anchor Natasha Exelby was hilariously caught off guard during a recent newscast. Clearly, shocked and surprised, it is Natasha's expression that is making her the talk of the internet.

The ABC came under fire for reportedly dumping Ms Exelby after a video of her gaffe went viral.

An ABC spokesman released a statement regarding the news that involved Exelby, saying she was not a staff member, but a casual contributor.

"While she is not now doing any on-air shifts, this will be subject to normal performance management", he said.

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A broadcaster has received an outpouring of support after footage emerged of her gasping in horror when she realised she was live on air.

"Thank U all for ur generous support. Myself and my mesmerizing pen honorably salute you". But in case you were wondering, they happen to be just as in need of quick breaks, like the rest of us.

He said the incident raised questions about the ABC's work culture.

'Loved it Natasha - only diff btw you and me EVERY that I'm on radio, ' she wrote.

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We've all been caught daydreaming in work at least once. An online petition calling on ABC CEO Michelle Guthrie to reinstate Exelby had gained more than 3,700 signatures this morning.

In the video, the presenter is seen throwing her pen with a loud gasp before quickly introducing the sports segment. She was staring at a pen without goal.

Her attempt to cover up the blooper was relatable and real.

In it, the ABC News presenter momentarily forgets she is presenting on national television in her native Australia as a prerecorded package was played on screen. Later, she was forced to apologise for her conduct.

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'I just wanted to apologise, ' Exelby said later in the bulletin. After all, we all make mistakes.

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