EXCLUSIVE: The REAL reason behind Edwina Batholomew’s scandalous tweet to Seb Costello – and how an incredible blunder almost led to all out TV warfare between Seven and Nine
Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew’s seemingly shocking public attack on Channel Nine’s Seb Costello was actually meant to be no more than private message to a friend.
Edwina intended to send her ‘errant tweet’ about Nine’s former Europe correspondent and reporter in a Twitter direct message, presumably to a media industry mate, colleagues said.
Instead, the breakfast show host posted the snarky tweet publicly for Costello and her almost 60,000 followers to see, sparking blistering legal threats from the rival network.
The tweet, which cannot be reprinted in full, said: ‘Surprisingly articulate for a ………’
Twitter blunder: Edwina Bartholomew (above) has told colleagues she meant to send her Seb Costello remark to a friend … but she accidentally posted it on her timeline
Seb Costello is a Nine News reporter in Melbourne and former Europe correspondent for the network. He is pictured with his father, former Treasurer Peter Costello
In a statement, Edwina, who is pregnant, explained she was sleepy and in another time zone at the time of her ‘errant tweet’.
‘I was half asleep and on the other side of the world,’ she told the Herald Sun on Saturday.
‘My apologies to Seb and all involved. No offence was intended and hopefully none was taken.
‘It was clearly a mistake and the errant tweet has been deleted.’
But furious executives at Nine have reportedly suggested the network could sue Edwina and some fans viciously criticised her at the weekend.
The tweet was live for about 50 minutes before it was deleted.
Edwina’s target, Costello, is a long-time reporter for Nine and newsreader for Triple M.
He is also the son of the chairman of Nine Entertainment Company, the former federal Treasurer Peter Costello.
He disappeared from the airwaves for a few weeks at the tail end of his posting in Europe, in 2017, with Nine saying he was simply taking a ‘well-earned’ break.
On Saturday morning, Edwina Bartholomew posted a scathing tweet in response to a Nine News Melbourne video of Seb Costello. It was deleted 50 minutes later
A Nine Network spokesperson said Costello and Nine were ‘devastated and shocked at the damaging and false nature’ of Edwina Bartholomew’s tweet
Nine has reportedly continued to make an issue out of Edwina’s tweet since it set social media alight on Saturday.
In a statement to The Australian, a Nine spokesperson said on Sunday: ‘Seb and Nine are devastated and shocked at the damaging and false nature of this personal attack on a public platform.’
As for Edwina, she was lashed by breakfast television fans on social media over the weekend.
One person tweeted in response to Eddie’s apology: ‘What a load of crap, half asleep! … Take ownership of your tweet’.
A Seven spokeswoman was contacted for comment.