Australian ‘Today’ Show Host Delivers Beautiful, Sincere Apology After On-Air ‘Tranny’ Jokes

One of Australia’s most popular TV presenters issued a heartfelt on-air apology after launching into a series of jokes about transgender people a day earlier.

Last week, channel Nine reporter Christine Ahern told host Karl Stefanovic that she’d been mugged by a group of ‘transvestites’ in Rio, to which Stefanovic repeatedly made several jokes about ‘trannies’.

“I know that you have gone to see the police about this tranny. We have a confit made up and we know they don’t all look the same. Is that the tranny they are talking about it?” he asked, as a picture of Hugo Weaving’s character from Priscilla Queen of the Desert flashed on the screen.

Following an intense social media backlash from viewers offended by his use of the offensive term, Stefanovic took to the air to issue a full and sincere apology, pleading ignorance but saying he was educating himself on the many issues facing the LGBTQ community.

“As we all know I can be a complete tool. Yesterday I was worse, I was an ignorant tool,” he said.

“I honestly didn’t know the negative and deeply hurtful impact that word has not only on members of the LGBTIQ community but on their family and friends.”

“Because I know trans people are fun-loving, life-celebrating people I actually assumed they might laugh along with me, I assumed wrong.”

“I hope we see more people become introspective and realize outmoded language is hurtful to the community,” said one Facebook user. “What a beautiful and sincere apology from a fellow advocate. We all make mistakes. Let’s hope we are humble enough to acknowledge our own and ask for forgiveness with humility, as he did.”

Watch the full apology below: