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Hilary Barry: ‘I’m lucky to work with men who respect women’

The Breakfast host is clearly happy in her new workplace.

Hilary Barry has cleared up any confusion over whether she’s enjoying working on TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning.

The former co-host of the Paul Henry show has subtley weighed in on the debate over comments made by her former colleague over the weekend.

Henry was forced to issue an apology over things he said in a New Zealand Herald story, about a woman’s breasts.

Barry, who left TV3 earlier this year, made a pointed comment while talking to her three male co-hosts, Jack Tame, Sam Wallace and Daniel Faitaua.

WATCH: Hilary Barry’s comment here. Story continues after video…

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“Can I just say how lovely it is for me to work with three such kind, caring men, so respectful of women,” she told the Breakfast trio. “So just spare a thought for other women who are turning up on other breakfast shows this morning, who don’t get to work with guys like you.”

Earlier this year, Barry told [The Australian Women’s Weekly] she knew, as the oldest women in New Zealand’s TV news industry, she was happy to embrace who she is.

“Hilary Barry the broadcaster wears make-up and tidy clothes, but the private side of myself wears no make-up, and kicks off her shoes at the end of the day. I don’t share that side of me with many people. Now I’ve just shared it with the whole world – dear God!” she revealed.

“I’ve enjoyed the golden years of broadcasting and now it’s changing. And, you know, they didn’t hire me for my looks – they hired me because I had a sparkle in my eyes, and now that’s developed into a full-on goofball!”

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