Rebecca Maddern: Aussies DEFEND Seven presenter after her leaked rant about Novak Djokovic

Australians are rallying around newsreader Rebecca Maddern in the wake of her explosive off-air rant about tennis pro Novak Djokovic. 

7News Melbourne Melbourne presenters Maddern and Mike Amor made headlines overnight after they were caught badmouthing the world No. 1 over his visa debacle in a ‘hot mic’ rant that was leaked online.

Their expletive-laden conversation, which took place as they prepared to present the station’s 6pm news program, included Maddern saying: ‘Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky a***hole.’  

Pictured: Novak Djokovic

‘She just said what everyone else was thinking’: Aussies are rallying around Rebecca Maddern (left) in the wake of her explosive off-air rant about tennis pro Novak Djokovic (right) 

While Seven has since apologised for the embarrassing leak, many fans have praised Maddern for expressing the same frustrations that many Aussies are feeling about the Djokovic saga.  

‘She just said what everyone else was thinking,’ one Facebook user wrote. 

‘Good on them, it was a private conversation and they only said what most of the Australian public think,’ another agreed.  

'Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky a***hole': 7News Melbourne presenters Maddern and Mike Amor (left) made headlines overnight after they were caught badmouthing the world No. 1 over his visa debacle in a 'hot mic' rant that was leaked online

‘Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky a***hole’: 7News Melbourne presenters Maddern and Mike Amor (left) made headlines overnight after they were caught badmouthing the world No. 1 over his visa debacle in a ‘hot mic’ rant that was leaked online

'Telling it like it is': While Seven has since apologised for the embarrassing leak, many fans have praised Maddern for expressing the same frustrations that many Aussies are feeling about the Djokovic saga

‘Telling it like it is’: While Seven has since apologised for the embarrassing leak, many fans have praised Maddern for expressing the same frustrations that many Aussies are feeling about the Djokovic saga 

Other users pointed out that Maddern ‘had every right’ to share her opinion in a conversation that she believed would be private. 

‘I actually don’t see a problem with it, she was having a conversation with someone not knowing it would be put out there,’ a Facebook user wrote. 

‘She has an opinion, agree or don’t agree with her, she is entitled to her opinion,’ they added.

Free to speak: Other users pointed out that Maddern 'had every right' to share her opinion in a conversation that she believed would be private

Free to speak: Other users pointed out that Maddern ‘had every right’ to share her opinion in a conversation that she believed would be private

Opinion: 'She has an opinion, agree or don't agree with her, she is entitled to her opinion,' one user wrote

Opinion: ‘She has an opinion, agree or don’t agree with her, she is entitled to her opinion,’ one user wrote 

It comes as furious Seven executives race to track down the mole responsible for leaking footage of Maddern and Amor’s rant. 

The duo were caught criticising the anti-vax Serbian tennis ace in an extraordinary hot mic rant that was leaked online on Tuesday night.

Djokovic had landed in Australia with a medical exemption from vaccination on the basis he had tested positive to Covid-19 on December 16 but was detained for five days when border force officials denied the exemption. 

'Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying sneaky a***hole': In the footage, Maddern (pictured) was heard repeatedly slamming the tennis star

'He got a bullshit f***ing excuse': Her colleague Amor (pictured) quickly joined in on the rant

‘Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying sneaky a***hole’: In the footage, Maddern (left) was heard repeatedly slamming the tennis star, while colleague Mike Amor (right) quickly joined in on the rant

He’s since been released from detention but it is still unclear if he will be able to play in the Australian Open beginning on January 17.   

‘Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying sneaky a***hole,’ Maddern told Amor during the off-air exchange. 

‘He got a bullshit f***ing excuse and then fell over his own f***ing lies. It’s just what happens, right, that’s what happened,’ Amor responded.  

Strong words: Maddern added that there were multiple errors made in the process of cancelling and then reinstating Djokovic's visa to play at the Australian Open. Pictured: Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena

Strong words: Maddern added that there were multiple errors made in the process of cancelling and then reinstating Djokovic’s visa to play at the Australian Open. Pictured: Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena 

Maddern added that there were multiple errors made in the process of cancelling and then reinstating Djokovic’s visa to play at the Australian Open. 

In a statement issued on Wednesday morning, Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs, said the person responsible for leaking the ‘private conversation’ would be dealt with.

‘The illegal recording was of a private conversation between two colleagues,’ he said. 

Consequences: In a statement issued on Wednesday morning, Craig McPherson, Seven's Director of News and Public Affairs, said the person responsible for leaking the 'private conversation' would be dealt with. Pictured: Djokovic training in Melbourne on Tuesday

Consequences: In a statement issued on Wednesday morning, Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs, said the person responsible for leaking the ‘private conversation’ would be dealt with. Pictured: Djokovic training in Melbourne on Tuesday 

‘It was an underhanded, cowardly act in breach of the Victorian Listening Devices legislation the perpetrator of which will be accordingly dealt with when found.’  

Another executive, Melbourne chief Lewis Martin, told Radio 3AW the probe into the leaker was well underway.  

Mr Martin said he had spoken with Maddern and she had apologised to him. 

‘We have got broadcast operations people that are looking into it from last night. So they are working out how the vision was recorded and how it was distributed.’ 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NOVAK DJOKOVIC’S CASE 

Will Novak Djokovic play at the Australian Open? Nobody will know until the Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke declares his hand – either to allow Djokovic to stay in Australia or to re-cancel his visa.

If he does not decide to cancel his visa, Djokovic will be free to stay in Australia and defend his title. 

What happened in court? Judge Anthony Kelly quashed the decision to tear up Djokovic’s visa and ordered him to be freed and his belongings to be returned.

Will he still be deported? Again, this comes down to immigration minister Alex Hawke. The Djokovic case has been a debacle for the government and divided Australians over the best course of action.

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