A disgruntled viewer called pregnant Nine News journalist Deborah Knight’s body ‘repulsive’ on Saturday and asked that ‘she be kept sitting down.’
The Weekend Today co-host and soon-to-be mother of three received the viewer’s email on her second-to-last day of work before beginning her maternity leave.
Knight vented her frustration at the viewer’s comment on Twitter and numerous fellow viewers and fans responded, jumping to defend the heavily pregnant journalist.
‘Charming viewer email: “Deb great BUT don’t need to look at pregnant body. If you must have her on keep her sitting down. It looks repulsive”,’ Knight posted on Friday afternoon.
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Deborah Knight (pictured) was criticised by a viewer on Saturday for working while she is pregnant
Knight (middle) poses with fellow journalists Erin Molan (left) and Belinda Russell (right). Her last day is Sunday before she begins her maternity leave
Knight posted the email to her Twitter (pictured) on Saturday afternoon and received an outpouring of support
Knight told the Daily Mail that it was a ‘surprise’ to receive the email.
‘I wasn’t offended by it, I was just more disappointed that someone would genuinely have that view that pregnant women shouldn’t be visible on our TV.’
‘Women work when they’re pregnant. It’s not like the 1950s when women were forced to quit their jobs when they found out they were pregnant – that’s reality of modern society,’ she said.
Knight, who is due to give birth to her third child in early February, said she decided to work up until Sunday because she is ‘fit and healthy.’
‘I wasn’t offended by it, I was just more disappointed that someone would genuinely have that view that pregnant women shouldn’t be visible on our TV,’ Knight (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia
‘Women work when they’re pregnant. It’s not like the 1950s when women were forced to quit their jobs when they found out they were pregnant – that’s reality of modern society,’ she said
Fellow Channel Nine journalist Wendy Kingston (left) also worked until a couple of weeks before she gave birth to her daughter
‘I don’t have any complications with my pregnancy so I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t be working,’ she said.
Knight said she has received much more support than she has negative comments and that such views are held by a minority.
Knight’s Twitter followers were outraged and called out the author of the email for ‘body-shaming.’
Knight (middle) said she has received much more positive comments than negative
Knight’s Twitter followers were outraged and called out the author of the email for ‘body-shaming’
‘So a childless, body shaming miscreant wrote that. I’m 21 weeks and I would hit them with my handbag. Glow good woman, glow,’ one woman retorted.
‘What an awful comment. [In my opinion], you’re a fantastic presenter (pregnant or otherwise) and wish you all the very best Deb!’ another person wrote.
‘Please tell me this is not true. OMG,’ a man said.
Numerous viewers supported Knight in her decision to keep working late into her pregnancy
‘You’ve never looked more beautiful. That email is repulsive,’ another man said.
After posting the initial email, Knight posted a second email she also received on Saturday that thanked Channel Nine for ‘having pregnant women doing the today show’ and ‘normalising and refreshing to showcase woman in all stages of life.’
Knight was named co-host of the Weekend Today show with Cameron Williams early in 2015 and announced she was pregnant in August.
Knight posted a second email on her Twitter on Saturday from a viewer thanking Channel Nine for having pregnant reporters on TV