Just like Amber Sherlock, Studio 10 host Sarah Harris is no stranger to navigating the territory that is having a behind-the-scenes outburst be broadcast to the world.
For Harris, is was during her time on Channel Nine’s Today, when she dropped the F-word three times during a live broadcast.
“I was reporting on a Gold Coast flood which was non-existent. I’d just come off working a huge couple of weeks where I was up at 3am, working until 10pm, just a busy time,” she told Mia Freedman on No Filter.
LISTEN: Sarah Harris recalls the time she swore on live TV on No Filter:
“I could hear myself on a three second delay in my earpiece and I have a very potty mouth, so I said to the cameraman ‘Mate, we’ve got to get this effing ear piece fixed, I can’t effing hear myself effing think’ and that went to air.”
Thankfully this was pre-internet, so Harris didn’t become a viral sensation, but suddenly her job became a topic of public conversation.
“I remember there were polls being run like ‘should Sarah lose her job?’ and Kylie and Jackie O were talking about it,” she said.
It’s an experience that has helped Harris understand the obsession that people have with taking an accidental on-air incident – like Sherlock ordering fellow journalist Julie Snook to put a jacket on moments before going to air – and turning it into a ‘catfight’.