What happened off-air after Kerri-Anne Kennerley was accused of being "racist"

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Every year when a number of Aussies set up their BBQ and pool toys to celebrate Australia Day on January 26, others are protesting and debating to #ChangeTheDate.

Headlines fill our newsfeeds and opinions are voiced.

A heated conversation erupted between Studio 10 host Kerri-Anne Kennerley and panellist Yumi Stynes, about Australia Day protests. 

It begun when Kennerley spoke directly to camera and questioned protesters about what they had done for the Indigenous community:

"Has any single one of those 5000 people waving the flags saying how inappropriate the day is, has any one of them been out to the outback where children, babies and five-year-olds are being raped, their mothers are being raped, their sisters are being raped? What have you done?


Stynes did not agree with the comments Kennerley made:

"That is not even faintly true Kerri-Anne and you're sounding quite racist now."

To which Kennerley replied: 

"I'm offended by that, Yumi."

Joe Hildebrand spoke to Fitzy & Wippa about the clash and revealed what happened after the show went to a break. 

"This is an exclusive, the conversation did not continue. There was a lot of silence.

"I gave Yumi a sort of pat on the shoulders and said 'that was really well done, that's what we're here fore, we're here to have these big conversations, debates.'

"I think I told KAK down the track, 'I said that was fine I like to sit on the fence in these kind of issues.'

"And we got to the end of the end of the show... and we're sort of saying goodbye and there's this whole thing, 'alright everybody we just want to let you know, we know this is a really important issue for a lot of people and people are really passionate about it but we're all good friends on the show and Kerri and Yumi are both great friends and everyone really likes each other and then Kerri-Anne goes, 'Except that YOU called me a racist!'"

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