A leaked video of two Australian TV anchors consisting of Rebecca Maddern trashing Novak Djokovic during a private conversation has gone viral on the internet. Off-air, Seven News Melbourne’s Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern were heard disparaging Djokovic, referring to him as a “lying, sneaky a**hole” – apparently in reference to the Serbian tennis star making a false declaration about his travel history before arriving in Australia.
Seven News presenters were heard criticizing Novak Djokovic while sitting in the studio during an off-air conversation that was leaked online. According to Sky News, the conversation took place shortly before the station’s 6 p.m. newscast.
“No matter how you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying sneaky a***hole,” Ms Maddern declared.
“He got a fing bogus excuse and then fell over his own fing lies. That’s just how it goes, isn’t it? “Mike Amor, her colleague, responded. “And then he ticked off that he didn’t go to Spain,” Ms Maddern responded.
The leaked video sparked outrage on social media, with some blaming the TV hosts and others pointing out that a private conversation between two people should never have been made public.
According to the Daily Mail, Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs Craig McPherson stated that an investigation has been launched to find the person responsible for leaking the video online. Meanwhile, Rebecca Maddern has apologized to her superiors.
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic sparked outrage when he arrived in Australia on January 5 with a medical exemption from vaccination due to a positive coronavirus test on December 16 last year. After questioning him overnight at Melbourne Airport, border officials determined the exemption was invalid, cancelled his visa, and transferred him to a detention center pending deportation. On Monday, the visa cancellation was overturned in court.
However, Australian media has focused heavily on the accuracy of Djokovic’s travel declaration, which he reportedly filled out before flying in from Spain.
Djokovic admitted to the Australian government that he made a false declaration about his travel history between flights to Melbourne, blaming it on his agent.
Who is Rebecca Maddern
Rebecca Maddern is an Australian television presenter and journalist who was born on August 6, 1977.
Maddern currently co-hosts the weekend edition of Seven News Melbourne with Mike Amor.
She spent over a decade at Seven Network, where she was a presenter and reporter for Seven News as well as a host of various programs and events across the network.
Maddern previously worked for the Nine Network, where she was a Weekend Today host, a Wide World of Sports host at the Australian Open, and a co-host of Australian Ninja Warrior. She is the former co-host of The Footy Show, for which she originally signed a contract with the network.