Just when you thought the controversy surrounding Channel 7 Sunrise host, Samantha Armytage might be coming to an end, veteran ABC TV presenter, Virginia Haussegger, has taken a second swipe at Armytage on her Facebook page.
In an exclusive interview today for Mia Freedman’s No Filter podcast, Armytage said, “I did have to google her [Haussegger] to find out who she was.”
Haussegger clearly offended by the implication that the Sunrise host had no idea who she was has brought into question Armytage’s memory, after sharing that she had met her years ago.
Haussegger went on to reveal that she had interviewed Armytage for a job in the ABC Canberra newsroom, for which she was unsuccessful.
This is the second blow Haussegger has made against Armytage, after she wrote a weekend column that left Armytage feeling “shattered”. Haussegger column was written in response to a Sunrise segment that offended Sex and the City star and UN Ambassador, Kristin Davis.
Armytage said that despite the public backlash, “we women should stick together”. She explained she was shocked to wake up on the weekend and find a whole column by Haussegger accusing her of “disgracing feminism” and being “daft” and a “mindless bimbo”.
“I’m a journalist of 18 years. You can’t be stupid to do what I do,” Armytage said.
Armytage said she was particularly hurt that it was a fellow female journalist who criticised her in those terms: “It’s one thing to get it from anonymous people on the internet… but to have an entire column from a reputable media organisation, written by a dedicated member of your own industry, who is a woman in television… to use such base, vile and derogatory words, it was hurtful”.
Watch Sam talk about her pain at the criticism she’s received (you can catch the whole interview here):