AN AUSTRALIAN sports broadcaster has landed in hot water, after he tried to hug the Miss Universe Australia live on air.
Hamish McLachlan grabbed Monica Radulovic by the waist as he interrupted her live broadcast.
Unwillingly finding herself in the arms of Mr McLachlan, Radulovic gently pushed him away, saying: “Professional, please.”
The latest sexism row comes only days after cricket star Chris Gayle tried to chat up a TV presenter live on television.
The talented West Indies batsman has been branded “sexist” and been accused of using his position to put attractive Australian presenter Mel McLaughlin in an “uncomfortable” situation.
He said: “I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well,” Gayle said.
“That’s the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice.
“Hopefully we can win this game and have a drink after. Don’t blush baby.”
Miss McLaughlin, 36, remained professional and carried on with the interview, but was clearly taken aback by the comments.
She responded: “I’m not blushing.”
Soon after the live awkward moment, Mr McLachlan and Ms Radulovic moved to defuse the situation.
Mr Mclachlan said 45 minutes after the incident live on air:
“I understand people have made stuff of it on social media and if I’ve offended anyone at home I’m apologising for that absolutely,” said the 40-year-old, after viewers had made complaints on the show’s Facebook page.
He then added to Radulovic: “More importantly I apologise if I’ve offended you because I want to have fun and that is my fault if I’ve offended you.”
The pair made it clear neither one of them took offence in what transpired.
“Not at all, I’m so sorry as well guys,” she said. “I did not think twice about it.”
“Like Hamish said, we’re colleagues and friends and we were just chatting like we normally do off-camera and so nothing on my part.”