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ABC presenter breaks silence about ‘waves of abuse’ following an on-air gaffe

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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.

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. 

The camera had cut back to Trioli earlier than she had expected, where she was caught in the act.  

Ms Trioli said she encountered ‘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 social media outrage, forcing the host to turn off all her social media.  

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