Shock Jock Steve Price told viewers on Monday night’s The Project to “get on with it” after a petition emerged demanding the Channel 10 show apologise for bullying him during a heated debate about the US presidential election.
More than 25,000 people signed the petition demanding The Project apologise on TV to Price for its humiliating treatment of him on the show last week.
During a discussion on Donald Trump’s win in the United States election, Price was effectively cut off by guest host, former Labor staffer Jamila Rizvi, when he attempted to rationalise the reasons for Mr Trump’s win.
On The Project Monday night, Price made a short statement to start the show to assure viewers he “did not feel bullied”.
“Can I say something upfront,” he said. “A lot of people have been outraged on my behalf today. Someone started a petition that I know nothing about, media have been reporting stories I have been somehow bullied on this show last Wednesday night, the election special.
“I don’t feel I was bullied at –bullied at all. I’m a big boy, I can look after myself, let’s get on with the program.”
Watch the Price’s on-air statement:
During a discussion on Donald Trump’s presidential win last week, Price was expressing his opinion when he was interrupted by Rizvi.
The petition preamble claimed Price was insulted and humiliated.
“Steve (Price) was abruptly cut off and insulted by Jamila on national television, despite his best efforts to lower the outrageous tone being fuelled by the guest,” it says.
“Much to the dismay of thousands around the country, his peers joined in to further insult and humiliate Steve, who we all agree had done nothing wrong.”
The clip that sparked the petition
The proponents of the petition claimed that “in every single Facebook post detailing the exchange, the people of Australia have expressed their outrage of the leftist bullying that occurred, coming out in support of the conservative commentator”.
“Nobody, no matter what side of politics they fall on, should have to experience the abuse and degradation of what Steve had to go through on that program.”
Signatures on the petition grew swiftly throughout Monday morning, hitting its target of 25,000 around 1pm (AEDT).