‘A part of me will never recover’: ABC presenter breaks her silence about how ‘waves of abuse’ following an on-air gaffe led to a heartbreaking personal tragedy
- ABC presenter broke her silence about her failed IVF attempts at a conference
- TV host Virginia Trioli revealed her tragedy after on-air gaffe with Barnaby Joyce
- Trioli was secretly pregnant and full of joy which triggered the unfortunate act
- The host recounted that she underwent what felt like her 100th IVF procedure
A TV presenter has broken her silence about the personal tragedy which followed an on-air gaffe.
Virginia Trioli was co-hosting ABC News Breakfast and interviewing former deputy PM Barnaby Joyce when she was caught pulling a face and twirling her finger in the air, implying he was crazy.
Ms Trioli opened up for the first time about her several failed attempts to conceive a child in 2009, at a media conference for women at Bond University in Queensland.
Virginia Trioli was caught pulling a face and twirling her finger in the air after interviewing Barnaby Joyce on air in 2009.
Ms Trioli (pictured) opened up for the first time about her several failed attempts to conceive a child in 2009, at a media conference for women at Bond University in Queensland
The ABC host revealed she was secretly pregnant on the morning she interviewed Joyce on air and her joy was what led her to being caught out on an unfortunate moment.
Trioli said she was ‘jubilant’ and as ‘high as a kite’ when she turned up to work that morning at 4am.
The host recounted that she underwent what felt like her 100th IVF procedure and 85th embryo transfer.
‘We finally had an embryo that looked like it stood a chance. It transferred and I returned to work, technically pregnant and over the moon,’ she said.
Virginia Trioli (pictured, right) was secretly pregnant the morning she arrived at work when the interview took place.
The camera had cut back to Trioli earlier than she had expected, where she was caught in the act.
Ms Trioli she felt pounded by ‘the waves of abuse’ and told her husband she feared her journalism career was over.
‘I cried and two days later I bled … a part of me will never recover,’ she said.
Ms Trioli called Mr Joyce to apologise immediately after the on-air gaffe.
The incident between Trioli and Joyce sparked waves of social media outrage, forcing the host to turn off all her social media.
Ms Trioli called Mr Joyce after the unfortunate act caught on camera to apologise for her insulting on-air act (pictured are Ms Trioli and Mr Joyce on Q&A)