Julie Snook has finally responded to the 'jacketgate' controversy.

Just two weeks into 2017, a terse exchange between Channel 9 journalists Julie Snook and Amber Sherlock was dubbed by Jimmy Kimmel the “clip of the year.”

The leaked video, filmed shortly before Snook, Sherlock, and psychologist Sandy Rae went to air, captured Sherlock expressing her frustration with Snook, who had been asked to put a jacket on so all three women wouldn’t be wearing white. The tension escalated for the next four minutes as Sherlock reiterated, “Come on, wearing a jacket. I asked you two-and-a-half hours ago. It’s not the hardest request.”

Of course, #jacketgate made its way around the world – with some viewers familiar with being in Snook’s position, while others sympathised with Sherlock.

Julie Snook, Amber Sherlock, and Sandy Rea. Image via Channel 9.

Now, almost two months on, Snook has finally responded to the international controversy, telling 9Honey, "There’s more to me than just a jacket, than just that incident."

Indeed, 29-year-old Snook has worked as a journalist for a decade, working in print and radio in regional Australia for several years, before moving to Channel 9 in 2013. She's worked as a producer, presented the 5am news bulletin, and now appears regularly on the 6pm news bulletin.

But her experience going viral was "a big learning curve."

"At the end of the day you just have to laugh it off, it was such a rare situation," she said, adding that there are "no hard feelings" between her and Sherlock.

"We are all able to make a joke about it here, everyone has a great sense of humour."

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She does, however, want to remind people that working in TV isn't always "about the hair and the makeup, what we’re wearing and how we look."

"People don’t tend to realise it’s not that glamorous when you’re sitting outside a courthouse for six hours every day."

When it comes to women specifically in the newsroom, and whether gender has anything to do with how she's treated in her career, Snook says, "I don’t think it’s something we even tend to think about anymore."

"Some of the finest journalists I know are women. I think it’s just about who is the best for the job and who can do the job well."

"We are surrounded by some of the best female journalists in the industry here at Nine — women like Lisa Wilkinson, Deb Knight and Georgie Gardner — these incredibly strong, successful, brilliant women, who have always gone out of their way to be very supportive and helpful and offer advice in any way that they can."

She says her ultimate goal in media is simply to be "regarded as a good journalist."

"I’m still learning and I have a lot to learn," she said.