A South Australian mayor is calling on Hugh Sheridan to apologise for a joke he made about her regional city, Port Augusta.
On Monday night’s episode of The Project, the I Will Survive host joked that he used to “sing New York, New York on the way to Port Au-Gutta” when he was young.
Mayor Joy Baluch has told ABC news online that it was offensive.
“It casts aspersions upon all of our community, in particular the Aboriginal community,” she said.
A TEN spokesperson said, “Anyone who saw Hugh Sheridan on TEN’s The Project on Monday night would be well aware that what he said was in fun.
“Hugh was fondly recalling a family holiday.
“Mrs Baluch’s claim that Hugh was casting aspersions upon the Port Augusta community, or any members of it, is completely ridiculous.”
The city is one of the stops on the I Will Survive outback tour.
This is the second time in recent weeks that TEN has run foul of a local council mayor, following The Shire.