On last night?s The Verdict when show host Karl Stefanovic choose to congratulate Irwin Bindi on her ?Dancing With The Stars? win, Amanda Vanstone lashed out and made very insensitive remarks about her.
According to DailyMail, Ms Vanstone who was a guest on Channel Nine?s panel show interjected Stefanovic to say, ?Give me a break. She?s not the only kid whose father has died.?
She went on to say, ?My father died when I was young. It happens to lots of kids. It doesn?t make her special. How many years ago did her father die??
Stefanovic responded, ?Come on Amanda! I was just trying to end the show on something nice. Wow.?
Bindi lost her father Steve Irwin when she was just eight, after the famous crocodile hunter was killed by a stingray barb that pierced his heart when shooting for a documentary in Port Douglas. The death of her father featured heavily in the show when a childhood photo of her was beamed over in the show and she acknowledged the influence of her father in her dancing performances.
Ms Vanstone has been the target of backlash from social media and the nation after her insensitive comments. Her fellow panelist, Labor leader Mark Latham said, ?That was mean and nasty, you can?t say that. That?s something that not even I?d say.?
Meanwhile New.com.au reports Stefanovic saying that Ms Vanstone may not be invited back on the show next year.
According to DailyTelegraph, Ms Vanstone is refusing to back down on her comments and instead stood firmly by her comments.? Ms Vanstone whose father had died suddenly when she was three years old has dismissed the reports of backlash against her. She clarified her point saying, ?My simple point is, she?s no different to any other person and my sympathies go with kids whose parents have just died or are dying. There are lots of Aussie kids, little kids, whose parents have recently died. (Irwin?s) died eight or nine years ago or something.?