TVNZ presenter Jenny-May Clarkson has accepted an apology from the man who initially condemned her for remaining on TV while pregnant.
TV critic John Rook from Lower Hutt had his letter published in this week’s TV Guide, where he called the expectant mother of two “embarrassing and an eyesore” for staying in front of the camera.
"To those who have chosen to write in support of me and my twins, thank you. As a heavily pregnant woman I struggle with my own demons about my body changing shape but I choose to stay in front of the camera to encourage others to be proud of the job that we are doing - creating life," Jenny-May wrote on Facebook, defending her decision to still present the news while pregnant.
“It is a major privilege to carry and create a human being and in my case two. Just like it is a privilege to enter into your living rooms each weekend. Thank you once again for your show of kindness - nga mihi ki a koutou katoa."
Rook has since admitted in an interview with the NZ Herald that he regrets his choice of words.
“I shouldn't have said, 'It looks embarrassing and it's an eyesore' - I wish her well. We've gone through childbirth and it's the best thing on earth. All I wanted to know was, who was responsible at TVNZ and at what stage they should stop presenting on screen?”
A statement from TVNZ said: “She has received a letter of apology from Mr Rook and she has accepted his apology. She looks forward to putting a line under this issue and focusing on her work.”
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