Sarah Harris: Here’s what Amber Sherlock should’ve done
STUDIO 10 host Sarah Harris admits she's had one or two Amber Sherlock-style meltdowns on set in the past - but says the embattled Nine presenter could've easily dampened the public interest in her now-infamous leaked video.
Speaking to Fitzy and Wippa on their Nova 96.9 program this morning, Harris admitted the video - in which a furious Sherlock can be seen admonishing reporter Julie Snook at length over her choice of wardrobe - was "pretty funny to watch."
"I just think the pile-on she's copped since has been disproportionate to what she said. When it comes to women having a disagreement, people like to pitch in from the sides and say 'Catfight! Catfight!'," said Harris, who admitted that some of the off-air conversations among she and the rest of the Studio 10 panel are "filthy."
"I don't think she spoke that nicely to her colleague, but we've all had a bad day. Unfortunately that 'bad day' sometimes happens in front of people," Harris said, before revealing her own personal 'Amber Sherlock moment' - an onset meltdown that occurred back when she was working on the Nine Network's Today.
"I had a bad day once when I was working for The Today Show, where I dropped the F-bomb three times when I thought I was off-air. There were audio problems, and I said to the link operator - who I was very good friends with - 'Mate, we've gotta sort this f***ing earpiece out, I can't f***ing hear myself think.'"
"That went to air, and there were polls on whether I should lose my job," she revealed.
While both Sherlock and Snook offered brief damage control statements the day after the video leaked - Snook insisting the pair are actually friends, Sherlock admitting she may have overreacted - the story only grew, making international headlines and even becoming fodder for US talk show hosts.
Harris said she thought a different approach from Sherlock may have helped to snuff the story.
"I wonder if she'd just said 'I'm so sorry, I had a bad day, we're great mates, I've taken Jules out and I've told her I'm sorry ..."
Ultimately, Harris said, the incident should serve as a reminder to on-air talent everywhere.
"You're part of a team, you're a cog in the wheel. A tiny part of the team."