TODAY Show host Karl Stefanovic has apologised to the LBGT community for an ‘ignorant jibe’ he made live on air yesterday.
The apology comes after Stefanovic referred to transgender people as “trannys” during a cross with a reporter in Rio.
“As we all know I can be a complete tool. Well, yesterday I was worse, an ignorant tool,” Stefanovic said.
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“Yesterday, I got it very wrong.”
“I used a word which I will now say, for the last time ever, and the only reason I’m saying it is if you didn’t see the segment yesterday, you can also learn from my mistake, if you choose to.
“By using the word ‘tranny’ I offended an awful lot of beautiful, sensitive people. I honestly didn’t know the negative, and deeply hurtful impact that word has, not only on members of the LGBTQI community, but on their family, and on their friends.
“I used the word, a word I’ll never use again.
“To anyone who found the segment funny, please now understand why it was the exact opposite.
“An ignorant jibe, at the expense of a beautiful community”.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) July 28, 2016