Odds are someone at 9 News is busy, right now, explaining how this tape got leaked. The footage, recorded before a segment for the news show, captures host Amber Sherlock’s displeasure with the wardrobe choices of her guests. Three women on one screen were wearing white, and that wasn’t going to work for Sherlock. The fit she throws is anything but professional.
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And to be fair to Sherlock, the three shades of white were all slightly different. Those who have had even a passing brush with the bridal industry know that what some people would call “white” isn’t really white. There’s bone, and ecru, and ivory, eggshell, ghost, smoke white…. Sherlock just saw white, and that had her seeing red.
So she lit into 9 News presenter Julie Snook. On her left, psychologist Sandy Rea was wearing another shade of white. Sherlock berated Snook and then demanded she put on a jacket of a different color.
The look on Dr. Rea’s face is priceless.
“I need Julie to put a jacket on because we’re all in white,” Sherlock snapped at an offstage producer. “I asked her before we came on… Julie you need to put a jacket on.”
When Snook said she hadn’t had time to change, Sherlock became even more incredulous. “Come on I told you two hours ago.”
Dr. Rea, hoping to ease the tension, offered to get a jacket herself, but Sherlock seemed more concerned with Snook.
“There can’t be three of us,” Sherlock said.
“If it’s an issue I can get on out of here,” Snook blasted back.
“It is an issue. Go and grab a jacket,” Sherlock demanded. “I wasn’t saying it for no reason. The wardrobe girls will be furious.”
“If there’s an issue I can just head on out and get back to work. I’m flat chat. I genuinely forgot,” Snook said.
“Fine, jump on out if that’s what you’d like to do. Come on, wearing a jacket. I asked you two-and-a-half hours ago. It’s not the hardest request.”
“I know it’s not your issue. But we did talk about it two-and-a-half hours ago.”
Then the footage begins, and the women seem like cordial colleagues.
After the leak of the video, and the publicity it received when it aired on the Daily Mail’s website, Sherlock issued an apology.
“Live TV can be a pretty stressful beast, at times. And as anyone knows, it’s never much fun rocking up to work or to a party in the same outfit as one of your colleagues or friends,” she said. “I probably overreacted with the pressure of presenting a live news bulletin. Thank goodness we had psychologist Sandy Rae around afterwards!”