Sunrise host Edwina Bartholomew apologies to viewers after awkward bird segment with avian expert Grainne Cleary

Sunrise host Edwina Bartholomew was forced to apologise to viewers after the breakfast program aired surprisingly awkward footage of two birds mating.

In a segment on Monday morning, Bartholomew and co-host Mark Beretta spoke with avian expert Dr Grainne Cleary about matchmaking in the bird world. 

Dr Cleary was discussing a breeding program when footage of various birds mating appeared on the screen, sending Bartholomew into hysterical laughter.  

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“The female has to lay viable eggs,” Dr Cleary said as the video kept playing.

“Matchmaking in the bird world – you can’t just stick two of them together and expect it…they got to like each other.”

Attempting to rein in her laughter, Bartholomew wrapped up the segment and apologised to viewers for having to explain to their children what they had just seen. 

“Apologies to viewers who had to explain that vision to their children who are watching this morning,’ she said, while continuing to laugh. 

“Grainne I notice our bird content has risen exponentially since we found you and we’re all the more grateful.

“Thankyou so much for coming on this morning.” 

It comes after newly appointed Sunrise host Mylee Hogan came under fire last week over a comment about Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath. 

The awkward moment happened during Wednesday’s segment about a viral TikTok prank, where social media users video their parents’ reaction when told their favourite celebrity had died suddenly – when in fact they hadn’t. 

Hogan reported on the viral trend before being cut off by Beretta who said the prank “could be the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen”. 

“I don’t like it at all. We shouldn’t be running that. Get it off. Get it off now,” he said. 

Beretta went on to discuss their next guest appearance – Glenn McGrath who was speaking about the Boxing Day Test – when Hogan jokingly said “Glenn McGrath died”. 

Beretta and Bartholomew were quick to react, dismissing Hogan’s comment while she continued to laugh it off. 

“Don’t even…that’s not funny,” Bartholomew said. 

“I don’t get that at all. That’s so not funny…its crazy,” Beretta added. 

Hogan then copped major backlash on social media about the comment, with one viewer slamming it as “‘immature and insensitive”. 

“We will not be watching Sunrise anymore, if that girl with the black hair is reading the news again,” one user wrote on their Facebook page. 

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