Tracy Grimshaw has broken her silence after a travel boss said she needed ‘a firm uppercut or good slap across the face’, calling it a ‘disturbing personal attack’.
In a leaked recording, Jayson Westbury was heard making violent comments about the A Current Affair host for her reporting on the embattled industry’s refund crisis.
Responding to the comments on her prorgramme on Wednesday night, the broadcaster said: ‘Jayson Westbury had one job.
‘As CEO of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents he was supposed to help them navigate the devastating effects of this COVID-19 pandemic and somehow address the scathing criticism from customers who now couldn’t travel and couldn’t get refunds.
‘Instead, he chose to shoot the messenger in a disturbing personal attack on me.’
A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw (pictured) called Mr Westbury’s remarks a ‘disturbing personal attack’
The disgraced executive has since resigned as CEO of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).
In the recording, made during a disgruntled rant about how Ms Grimshaw’s show was covering the industry’s refund scandal, he said: ‘I think that Tracy Grimshaw needs to be given a firm uppercut.
‘Or a slap across the face, and I mean that virtually, of course, I wouldn’t want to invoke any violence on anyone.’
Confronted with his words during an interview on the programme on Wednesday, he blamed it on being ‘cranky’ during a difficult time for the industry thanks to COVID-19.
Upon hearing the recording, he told reporter Brady Halls that he ‘unreservedly apologised’ for the remarks.
Shedding more light on what happened, Ms Grimshaw wrote a blog online, 10벳 saying the interview had been booked before his comments had been leaked.
Australian residents are seen being ushered towards buses to start their 14-day quarantine at Sydney airport on May 8 (pictured) with worldwide travel grinding to a halt
Jayson Westbury (pictured apologising on A Current Affair) has since resigned as chief executive of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents