Anthony Albanese Cheap Seats:TV presenter Melanie Bracewell drops the F-bomb in front of Anthony Albanese leaving the Prime Minister stunned
Anthony Albanese was left stunned after a TV presenter dropped the F-bomb in front of him during an interview.
The Prime Minister appeared on the Network 10 current affairs show, The Cheap Seats, on Tuesday night.
Because Bracewell is a Kiwi, the hosts jokingly handed the Prime Minster her ‘citizenship papers’ in a folder for him to approve.
As the interview was about to wrap up, Bracewell accidentally dropped her microphone and swore.
‘Sorry, sorry. F***!’ she said.
TV present and comedian Melanie Bracewell (left) dropped an F-bomb in front of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (right) during an appearance on The Cheap Seats
Who is Melanie Bracewell?
Melanie Bracewell is a New Zealand comedian, writer and presenter.
She grew up on Auckland’s North Shore and is the niece of cricketers John Bracewell and Brendon Bracewell.
She wrote a comedic blog as a teenager before moving into stand-up as an adult.
Bracewell has also branched out into writing, working on The Project in New Zealand and on the show Wellington Paranormal.
She has appeared as a frequent guest on the Australian quiz show, Have You Been Paying Attention? and now hosts The Cheap Seats with Tim McDonald.
The show’s audience, as well as Mr Albanese, erupted into laughter in response to the gaffe.
‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry,’ Bracewell continued.
I didn’t mean to swear in front of you, that’s embarrassing.’
McDonald proceeded to hand back Bracewell’s ‘citizenship papers’ to the Prime Minister.
‘Feel free to write ‘Denied’ on that now,’ he joked.
As Mr Albanese put a line through the papers and gave them back, McDonald told him that he was making a ‘good call’.
The Prime Minister then followed up with a humorous quip.
‘If we denied Australian citizenship (to those) who said that word, we’d really struggle. We’d really have a skills crisis,’ he said.
It comes as Mr Albanese hit back at Voice to Parliament critics who say the proposal lacks detail.
The Prime Minister told voters there was ‘nothing to fear’ about the upcoming referendum, saying that it is ‘just about recognition, and then about an advisory body’.
‘The detail is there and of course, the Parliament will determine the composition and procedures of the Voice,’ he said on the program.
He went on to say that those who question why the referendum has to occur before the set up of the Voice is worked out are not asking a ‘genuine question’.
Comedian Melanie Bracewell (pictured) hosts Network Ten’s The Cheap Seats
Mr Albanese joked that the country would be ‘struggling’ if citizenship was denied to those who said the F-word
‘The Constitution sets out the principles and the beauty of this proposal is that it doesn’t interfere with the primacy of the Parliament, it reinforces it – that’s the whole point,’ he said.
‘It will be up to Parliament to determine the functions and procedures, composition of the Voice and that has been the way that our Constitution is written.
‘It says we’ll have a defence force, it doesn’t say how many tanks we’ll have, it doesn’t say where the bases will be, it doesn’t say what the size of our army should be.’
Mr Albanese would not agree that there had been an ugly element to the Voice campaign.
‘I think that some of the tone of the debate has been really unfortunate and whether it be the participants or some of the tone that’s been set by some elements of the media, it is unfortunate.’
The Voice to Parliament referendum will be held on October 14.
Mr Albanese told voters there was ‘nothing to fear’ about the Voice referendum, saying that it is ‘just about recognition, and then about an advisory body’