Viewers react after Channel Nine’s Today suffers embarrassing wardrobe gaffe – and Amber Sherlock responds years after #jacketgate saga
It’s #jacketgate all over again!
Viewers tuning in to Channel Nine’s Today show on Monday morning were given quite the surprise when four females were seen in near-identical blue ensembles.
Today host Allison Langdon, reporters Lara Vella and Fiona Willan, plus senator Jacqui Lambie all appeared dressed in blue during separate segments on the breakfast show.
Viewers were seeing quadruple on Monday morning when four females sported near-matching blue ensembles on the Today show
A photo of the four was later shared via the show’s Instagram account with the caption, ‘Da ba dee da ba di,’ referencing Eiffel 65’s iconic track ‘Blue (Da Ba Dee)’.
‘Oh yeah … go sisters! What colour should we rock tomorrow??’ Allison joked in the comments.
Fans were quick to spot a familiarity to that of Nine presenter Amber Sherlock’s ‘Jacketgate’ gaffe more than five years ago.
In January 2017, footage emerged of the newsreader berating former Nine reporter Julie Snook for wearing a white jacket.
Amber brushed off the ‘Jacketgate’ saga in the comments
Amber had asked Julie ‘two hours ago’ to change as the panel of three females all appeared in white.
‘Amber Sherlock won’t like you all in the same colour,’ one viewer wrote in the comments of Today’s Instagram post.
In response, Amber brushed off the saga, jokingly writing: ‘I quite like the blue actually.. I only have ownership over white.’
‘Amber Sherlock would’ve had a fit,’ another user added. To which she responded, ‘Well it wasn’t white.. but..’
‘Amber Sherlock would’ve had a fit,’ one user wrote, before Amber jokingly replied
The footage went viral after an editor sent the clip – which was captured during a commercial break – around the newsroom, before an on-air talent reportedly leaked it online via Mumbrella.
‘The editor who originally sent the clip around the newsroom got off pretty easily because they didn’t intend it to get out,’ an insider told the newspaper at the time.
In the footage, Amber says to her producer: ‘I need Julie to put a jacket on because we’re all in white. I asked her before we came on … Julie you need to put a jacket on.’
The leaked footage showed Amber (centre) demanding Julie (left) put on a jacket so the two could avoid both wearing white on TV at the same time
The former sports presenter later appeared on air wearing a black jacket
Julie fought back saying she hadn’t had time to change, but Amber refused to back down, snapping back: ‘Come on, I told you two hours ago.’
The former sports presenter later appeared on air wearing a black jacket, and was the subject of much public sympathy when the footage went viral.
Amber later addressed the controversy, blaming the meltdown on the pressures of live TV.
Amber (pictured) later addressed the controversy, blaming the meltdown on the pressures of live TV
‘I was absolutely mortified, and, of course, hurt. I think I’m a kind, generous person,’ she told the Daily Telegraph at the time.
‘I am a mum, I have a family. And I was devastated. I am only human at the end of the day, and I think people forget that.’
For Julie, she said the experience had been a ‘learning curve’.
‘It’s shown me both the good and the bad in people and shown just how much we can really come together. I’ve had a lot of support here at Nine,’ she told 9Honey in May 2017.
Julie (pictured left) said the experience had been a ‘learning curve’