Channel Seven's leaked newsroom footage which featured presenters slamming Novak Djokovic has now gone international, ending up on none other Jimmy Kimmel Live.
U.S. TV icon Kimmel has wasted no time in weighing in on the viral Aussie video, commencing his award-winning show by discussing the incident.
In his opening segment, Kimmel said: "Have you been following the legal battle between Novak Djokovic and the Australian Government?
"Djokovic in unvaccinated, he's the No.1 ranked player in the world and he's waiting to find out if he'll be allowed to play in the Australian Open next week... or if he'll be deported back to Serbia.
"He violated Australia's vaccine mandate and he falsified his travel documents. On top of that, he's admitted to appearing at several events shortly after testing positive.
"It's a very big story Down Under, and one that led to this exchange on TV news where these anchors were apparently unaware they were on the air."
Meanwhile: The Channel 7 hosts Rebecca Maddern and Mike Amor 's pre 6pm 7news Melbourne bulletin banter about Djokovic, makes U.S late night TV (screened to millions) on the Jimmy Kimmel Show . #Melbourne #ausopen #Djokovic #7NEWS #auspol #australia pic.twitter.com/pKeBmYcBbP- Anth W. :earth_asia: (@anth0888) January 13, 2022
Kimmel then showed the footage to his live television audience.
"Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky, a***hole," Seven news anchor Rebecca Maddern said in the clip.
"It's unfortunate that everybody else stuffed up around him. To go out when you know you're Covid-positive - well, I don't think he was even Covid-positive."
Her colleague Mike Amore then chimed in, adding: "You've got a bulls**t f**king excuse and then he fell over his own f**king lies, which is what happens right? That's what's happened."
To be fair to the duo, they weren't live on-air when they made the remarks - but unfortunately for them, the raw footage was leaked, allegedly by an external captions company.
Kimmel, however, saw the funny side of things as his audience laughed and clapped while watching the not-so-behind-closed-doors conversation unfold.
"Why isn't all the news like that? I would watch the news every night," he joked.
"'I think he's an a***hole... Now let's check in with Ron in the Channel 9 weather centre.'"
And it seems the general perception from the public mirrors that of Kimmel's.
When the footage surfaced on social media, a massive amount of people threw their support behind the under-fire newsreaders, most agreeing with what they were saying.
On the other hand, Seven's Director of News and Public Affairs Craig McPherson didn't find it amusing in the slightest and vowed to punish those responsible.
"The illegal recording was of a private conversation between two colleagues," McPherson said in a statement.
"It was an underhanded, cowardly act in breach of the Victorian Listening Devices legislation the perpetrator of which will be accordingly dealt with when found."
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