No stranger to controversy, the embattled ABC host is now back in the firing line as her critics decry her for the

ABC breakfast host Fauziah Ibrahim makes a very spicy joke on live TV

Fauziah Ibrahim has been criticized for making a crude joke about the similarities between a robot finger and a sex toy on her weekend breakfast show.

The embattled ABC host is no stranger to controversy, returning just two weeks ago on May 28 after making two public appearances. Twitter lists describing her followers as “lobotomized s**theads” and “Labor trolls/thugs.”

She was withdrawn from her on-air reporting duties on April 25, but returned a month later.

Now she’s back in the firing line as her critics criticize her for the “unprofessional” and “youthful” comments.

During the Sunday morning clip, Ms. Ibrahim said the robotic finger was “hot and sweaty… Looks like it needs AA batteries… He can do something else.”

No stranger to controversy, the embattled ABC host is now back in the firing line as her critics decry her for the “unprofessional” and “youthful” comments]

Her co-host tried to ignore the joke by noting that the robotic finger — which is covered in human skin cells to mimic the look of a real finger — “might need a little sun.”

When a second image of the robot finger appeared on screens, Ms. Ibrahim tried the joke again.

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“I’m telling you it needs an AA battery and it’s probably vibrating.”

When her second attempt at the joke also garnered an irritated response from her colleague, Ms. Ibrahim tried to brush it off by asking, “Too early?”

‘Too early for a breakfast show? Welcome to Weekend Breakfast, everyone’.

The light-hearted comment drew much criticism online, with some even calling for her to be fired after two years in her role.

Her co-host tried to ignore the joke by noting that the robotic finger — which is covered in human skin cells to mimic the look of a real finger —

Her co-host tried to ignore the joke by noting that the robotic finger — which is covered in human skin cells to mimic the look of a real finger — “might need a little sun.”

The weekend breakfast tanker (pictured during her previous role with Al Jazeera) disappeared from the screen after she created two public Twitter lists grouping her followers into groups titled

The weekend breakfast tanker (pictured during her previous role with Al Jazeera) disappeared from the screen after she created two public Twitter lists grouping her followers into groups titled “lobotomized sh**heads” and “Labor trolls/thugs”

“I’m not a prude, but is it acceptable for an ABC presenter to ridicule a robot finger by making a youthful reference to a vibrator and a dildo?” asked one critic.

“Why are we getting this filthy crap on our screens?”

Another said: ‘I thought her comments were totally misplaced. She really must go – for good this time!’

It comes after Ms. Ibrahim was acquitted following an investigation into the abusive comments made on her Twitter account in April this year.

Social media users grouped into the two lists - which were made public on Ms. Ibrahim's account - accused her of displaying bias against labor

Social media users grouped into the two lists – which were made public on Ms. Ibrahim’s account – accused her of displaying bias against labor

Ms Ibrahim had grouped a handful of Twitter followers into two lists on her personal account, “lobotomized s**theads” and “Labor trolls/thugs,” which were left open to the public.

When she learned that these groups were public and notified users, the listings were quickly removed.

Ms. Ibrahim then removed the ABC’s mentions from her Twitter bio, before seemingly completely deleting her account.

When Ms. Ibrahim came under fire during a live TV interview with Anthony Albanese in January, ABC executives strongly supported her “impartiality.”

At the time, Ms Ibrahim was accused of showing ‘arrogance and extreme bias’ against the Labor Party and speaking about Mr Albanian.

Ms Ibrahim then removed the ABC's mentions from her Twitter bio, before seemingly completely deleting her account

Ms Ibrahim then removed the ABC’s mentions from her Twitter bio, before seemingly completely deleting her account

But the ABC offered her unwavering support. So much so that some viewers now think she’s “untouchable.”

Ms Ibrahim’s interview with Mr Albanese was about Covid rapid tests and vaccination figures and the presenter was accused on social media of rarely giving Mr Albanese a chance to finish a sentence.

At one point, he tried six times to answer a statement she had made about Labor ‘boarding’ the coalition’s plan to increase vaccination rates.

“If you’ll wait a minute,” Mr. Albanian said as Mrs. Ibrahim spoke over him.

The interview was criticized and angered several viewers that they filed a complaint with the public broadcaster.

ABC Weekend Breakfast host Fauziah Ibrahim returned to air on May 28 after abruptly disappearing from screens in April

ABC Weekend Breakfast host Fauziah Ibrahim returned to air on May 28 after abruptly disappearing from screens in April

In the aftermath of the interview, Ms. Ibrahim was the subject of intense and persistent trolling and online bullying.

“Mrs Ibrahim’s ‘interview’ was an absolute disgrace and should have cost her her job,” said one viewer after the clip aired.

In response to complaints about the interview, the head of ABC’s Public and Consumer Affairs Department determined that Ms. Ibrahim [herself] with due impartiality and met ABC’s editorial standards’.

‘Mrs Ibrahim used the hostile or ‘devil’s advocate’ when interviewing. We are pleased that the interview with Mr Albanese was sufficiently rigorous and informative, Ms Ibrahim’s questions were relevant and strictly based on newsworthiness,” the statement read.

‘Mr Albanese was given ample opportunity to respond in detail and in detail to the questions. Although rigorous, Ms. Ibrahim has shown a consistently bourgeois and objective approach.’

Ms Ibrahim shut down her social media accounts in the wake of the controversy amid trolling critics calling her

Ms Ibrahim shut down her social media accounts in the wake of the controversy amid trolling critics calling her “garbage” and “disgusting”

ABC’s Response To Complaint About Fauziah Ibrahim’s Interview With Anthony Albanese In Full

“We reviewed the interview and assessed whether it met the ABC’s editorial standards for impartiality.

During this interview, Fauziah Ibrahim used the hostile or ‘devil’s advocate’ approach to interviewing, which involves putting other points of view to the interviewee. It is the duty of Ms Ibrahim to conduct a test interview that does not allow the interviewee to use the opportunity as a political platform, and to intervene and make reasonable efforts to ensure that the questions asked are answered . Asking test questions and then having the interviewee respond to those questions is a recognized standard of objective journalism.

Upon review, we are satisfied that the interview with Mr. Albanese was sufficiently rigorous and informative, Ms. Ibrahim’s questions were relevant and based strictly on newsworthiness, and Mr. Albanese was given ample opportunity to answer the questions in detail and at length. Although rigorous, Ms. Ibrahim has shown a consistently bourgeois and objective approach. The interview was conducted with due impartiality and adhered to ABC editorial standards.

“Thank you for giving the ABC the opportunity to respond to your concerns. Should you remain dissatisfied, you may be able to refer your complaint to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.’

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