He’s been caught in the crossfires of internet hate after labelling I’m A Celebrity’s Simone Holtznagel, 24, a ‘plus-sized model.’
But Triple M radio host Mick Molloy, 51, has now been forced to defend his ‘diva demands’ after an email was sent around the office explaining how he likes his mid-morning toast, The Herald Sun reported this week.
‘The Vegemite toast was not my fault,’ Mick said to his co-host Jane Kennedy on Sunday.
Not-so happy little vegemite! Mick Molloy’s diva demands exposed by Triple M staff just days after he called model Simone Holtznagel a ‘baby elephant’
‘Someone from the Melbourne station sent a picture of the Vegemite toast to the Brisbane station saying this is how he likes it.
He added: ‘Then everyone thought I had asked for the picture to be sent. While it was how I like it, I had not asked for the picture to be sent.’
For the record, he enjoys the snack with lots of butter and a smidge of vegemite.
The revelation comes just days after the controversial shock-jock made a comment about lingerie model Simone Holtznagel, with many calling for Mick to issue a public apology.
‘Your behaviour is disgusting’: Triple M radio host Mick Molloy, 51, (pictured) has been slammed by fans on social media for fat shaming I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star Simone Holtznagel, 24
Ouch! Mick caused outrage on Tuesday when he body shamed Simone Holtznagel (pictured) by likening her to a ‘baby elephant’
However, Mick has hit back, saying his comments were a harmless joke.
‘Your behaviour is disgusting. You should be ashamed of yourself,’ one follower wrote underneath Mick’s latest Instagram snap.
‘You need to apologise to @moannn, disgraceful behaviour on your part,’ concurred another.
Meanwhile, another follower attempted to school Mick on why his comments had inspired such heated responses, writing in part: ‘Plus size models are beautiful!!! Simone is beautiful! All bodies are!’
They continued: ‘But by mislabeling someone with Simones body type as plus size – which she is CLEARLY IS NOT – you are sending a message to young women everywhere who look like her, telling them that they are plus size, which they interpret as ‘I need to loose weight’. It’s so dangerous.’
‘You should be ashamed of yourself’: The controversial shock-jock prompted an avalanche of criticism after he made the extraordinary comments on Tuesday’s drive-time show, with many calling for Mick to issue a public apology
‘Disgraceful’: Some fans called for Mick to issue an apology
‘It’s so dangerous’: Meanwhile, another follower attempted to school Mick on why his comments had inspired such heated responses
Meanwhile, Simone’s long-term pal and fellow former Australia’s Next Top Model star Madeline Huett-Auld took a swipe at Mick on Twitter this Wednesday, writing: ‘Hey @mickmolloy, do you know why @moan_holtz is doing @ImACelebrityAU? She’s doing it for @beyondblue, to raise awareness & money for people battling depression & other mental illness.’
‘Think about that next time you feel the need to publicly humiliate her,’ she added.
Despite the backlash, however, Mick refused to apologise for fat-shaming the Guess model, brushing off his comments as a harmless ‘joke’ during a radio segment on Thursday.
‘Think about that next time you feel the need publicly humiliate her’: Meanwhile, Simone’s long-term pal and fellow former Australia’s Next Top Model star Madeline Huett-Auld (R) took a swipe at Mick on Twitter
‘Think about that next time you feel the need publicly humiliate her’: Madeline didn’t mince words when Tweeting directly to Mick’s account on Wednesday
‘Yes, I joked about her appearance. By the way, she’s a model. I think you’re allowed to talk about a model’s appearance and on a comedy show where you’re known as an idiot and you happen to be as fat as a house yourself. I think you’re entitled to make a joke,’ he insisted.
‘Clearly she’s not a plus-size model,’ he added.
Mick wrapped up the segment by proclaiming: ‘I’ll never comment on a model’s looks ever again, apparently.’
‘I think you’re allowed to talk about a model’s appearance!’ Despite the backlash, however, Mick refused to apologise for fat-shaming the Guess model, brushing off his comments as a harmless ‘joke’ during a radio segment on Thursday
‘Maybe a plus size model’: Mick (left) criticised Simone’s appearance, hinting he thought she was too large to be a model – an observation which left co-host Jane Kennedy outraged
On Tuesday’s show, Mick accused Simone of being too large to be a model, telling his co-host Jane Kennedy ‘She claims to be a model of some description. She claims to be a world class international model. I call bulls**t on that.’
‘I mean, maybe a plus-size model,’ he continued.
‘She’s been in the jungle for 10 weeks now and still…’ Mick added, before humming the Baby Elephant Walk.
Stunning! Simone has enjoyed an illustrious modelling career
Co-host Jane Kennedy sounded shocked by Mick’s remarks and defended Simone.
‘Come on, that is incredibly rude of you!’ she said.
Simone, who is currently in the South African jungle, has enjoyed an illustrious career after appearing on Australia’s Next Top Model in 2011.
The genetically-blessed model has posed for Playboy and featured in campaigns for Guess and other high-profile brands.
On Friday, the blonde bombshell proved she’s got friends in high places when Sydney’s Deputy Lord Mayor slammed Mick for his comments.
Taking the world by storm! The genetically-blessed model has posed for Playboy and featured in campaigns for Guess and other high-profile brands
In an impassioned letter, titled ‘Being a kicka**e woman’, the local government official calls the comedian’s comment a ‘desperate and misogynistic cry for attention.’
It comes after Mick claimed that same day that TV reality stars need to be ‘more interesting’, while insisting that the nation’s best talent are now working in radio.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, the comedian said people working on the airwaves have ‘opinions’ and ‘aren’t afraid to be controversial’ in a way that reality stars are.
‘If you look around, all the best people in radio are far more interesting than the people in TV,’ he said.
Outspoken: Mick’s comments about on Simone come after he claimed that TV reality stars need to be ‘more interesting’, while insisting the nation’s best talent are now working in radio