Studio 10 co-host, Jessica Rowe has addressed her experience with disgraced TV personality, Don Burke after footage of the pair working together in 2011 showed her threatening to walk off set over crude comments.
During a conversation about the allegations of sexual harassment and bullying made against 70-year-old Burke, best known for his long-running gardening show Burke’s Backyard, that quickly turned heated, the former Channel Nine presenter and journalist told fellow co-hosts Ita Buttrose and Joe Hildebrand of the “revolting” comments Burke made while working with her on comedy panel show, Can of Worms.
Footage of Burke saying he “loves a good f**k” in a discussion with Rowe about whether Australians swear too much surfaced on Monday.
“It was revolting, what he said. Everybody knows I am not a fan of swearing, anyway. But to me it was crude and belittling and people thought it was funny,” she said.
“I think I have a good sense of humour and I did not find it funny at all.”
Rowe then went on to explain, in her experience as a former Channel Nine employee, just how men like Burke can do the awful things they do, and still remain on TV.
“You might say, why did nothing happen? Unfortunately, there were people in power who worship this whole star system and have not held people to account.”
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“He was a cash cow, as they say. Repeatedly, ratings and business success was put before individual circumstances and because somebody was more powerful and deemed as more worthy, they were able to get away with shocking behaviour.
“I have had instances where people have behaved terribly to me but because of my young age and inexperience I did not have the confidence at the time to call them up and when I did, I was ignored because I was young and a nobody.”