TV3 have hit back at Suzanne Jackson after the described what was her "worst television interview ever" on The Six O'Clock Show.
The animal-loving beauty blogger was left in tears after she found out that a lamb that appeared on the show was set to be slaughtered, and took to her Snapchat to vent her frustration.
However, sources at the station have reportedly told the Mail on Sunday that they're "surprised" by Suzanne's actions, insisting that Suzanne "never made it known" that she was upset before leaving the TV3 studio.
"Is Suzanne the only person in the country who is unaware that a segment on lambing season would involve talking about what happens to the lambs? The lamb in question is alive and was sent back to the farm after the show," a TV3 insider said.
Hitting back: A TV3 insider has hit back at Suzanne's comments after appearing on The Six O'Clock Show | TV3
"However, Suzanne never made it known that she was in any way affected or 'upset'.
"So we were very surprised, to say the least, that she walked out to the car park to her Mercedes and sat on her leather seats and snapchatted about how ‘upset’ she was at what happens to the lamb.
"Is she that unaware of what happens during lambing season," the source added.
Despite what TV3 sources claim, Suzanne has since spoken out to defend herself, after receiving a tirade of abuse on social media.
"When TV3 rang me to do the slot, they explained they would have a pet crew on the same evening as me, talking about dogs and their personalities. There was absolutely no mention of anything to do with lambing season," she told Evoke.ie.
Totally thrown: Suzanne insists that TV3 never informed her that they would be doing a segment on lambing season ahead of her interview | INSTAGRAM
"My reason for being upset was not solely as a result of the meat situation. Minutes before going on air, the lamb appeared to be very very frightened and in a lot of distress, and this both worried and upset me.
"The lamb was just 4 days old. He was in a studio with bright lights, lots of noise and people. He was so distressed on set and I just couldn’t understand why a 4 day old lamb was in a TV studio. What was the point?
"Before we went live on air, the man who was there with the lamb made a comment about it being lambing season and that in a couple of months time, the lamb in question would be meat.
"It just threw me. Of course I know where our meat comes from, but I’m an animal lover so naturally it upset me to see this lamb in distress and then to hear that it would only have a few months of life before being killed for meat. I’m only human, I’m sure anyone with a heart would have felt the same.’
Only human: Suzanne is a huge animal lover - and didn't agree with a four day old lamb being in the TV studio | INSTAGRAM
"In this day and age, I think we should be allowed to voice an opinion without it being blown out of proportion. I wasn’t forcing my opinion on anyone, I was just explaining why I was off form during my interview and why I was getting upset while Snapchatting," she explained.
The blogger also came under fire for admitting that she was trying to cut meat out of her diet, but that the lamb incident had pushed her even further to no longer eat meat - however, some people took what she said the wrong way.
"I never said I was becoming a vegetarian. I said I was trying cut meat out of my diet for various reasons," she added.
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