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Journalists share on-air bloopers after presenter sacked for live gaffe

Natasha Exelby, a presenter for Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), was caught daydreaming in between reading a bulletin live on air.

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Journalists share on-air bloopers after presenter sacked for live gaffe

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Newsreaders have been sharing their biggest bloopers in solidarity with a presenter sacked for making an on-air gaffe.

Natasha Exelby was caught daydreaming in between reading a bulletin live on air.

The ABC News 24 presenter, who had been staring at her pen, gasped in shock when she realised her mistake, before continuing with the link.

But the clip which has delighted thousands after going viral appeared not to amuse her bosses.

The public broadcaster has reportedly banned the casual presenter from presenting live.

The punishment has sparked a petition calling for Ms Exelby’s reinstatement.

It has even drawn criticism from the country’s opposition leader Bill Shorten who called the decision “ridiculous”.

Journalists have also jumped to her defence, launching a campaign to share their own embarrassing live gaffes.

Using the hastag #PutYourBloopersOut presenters showed that “we all have your back”.

Among the bloopers to be shared was one radio reporter who said he accidentally revealed on a family morning breakfast show that Santa isn’t real.

While another said he swore during a live bungee jump for a morning news programme.

Presenters also shared tongue-in-cheek pictures of themselves holding a pen and mimicking Ms Exelby’s shock in the clip.

The presenter saw the funny side: “Thank U all for ur generous support.

“Not my finest hour. Myself and my mesmerising pen honourably salute you!”

However, it’s not the first time the presenter has got in to trouble.

She previously apologised to viewers after laughing her way through a bulletin about fatal riots in Brazil and a building collapse in India.

The Ten news presenter had enjoyed some flirting with an Irish guest who she said “might get to be one lucky little leprechaun” before later getting a “case of the giggles”.