BLOCK host Scott Cam has issued a grovelling public apology after calling the show's sole female judge a "bitch" on Sunday night's episode.
Cam jokingly called interior design guru Shaynna Blaze the b-word when revealing her scores for the contestants' front yards.
After writing down the scores on the board, Cam looked at the group and joked: "Some high scores and some low scores. And that Shaynna's a b***h, isn't she?" Blaze was not present during the scene.
With some on social media fuming over his use of the word, the Gold Logie-winner did the radio rounds this morning, offering a mea culpa.
"Look, obviously I said that in complete jest, and I've said it to get a rise out of the contestants," he told Hit105's Stav, Abby and Matt with Osher.
"It was poor judgment on my part, and I've rung Shaynna and apologised. We're fantastic friends and we've worked together for a lot of years. She's incredible - she's a great designer, she's a great person, she's a great judge. She's certainly not 'that'.
"I did it in total jest, and it was just poor judgment. I've apologised - it was disrespectful, there was no doubt about that. Sometimes I'm an idiot," he continued.
Cam continued the whistlestop apology tour over on Fitzy and Wippa's Nova 969 morning show, telling the hosts: "Sometimes I'm an idiot. It was disrespectful ... I shouldn't have done it."
Cam insisted that Blaze herself had not taken offence at the comment - but many viewers did, questioning whether Cam would use a similar epitaph to describe the show's two male judges, Darren Palmer and Neale Whitaker:
The 13th season of The Block will finish this Sunday with an auction finale, and all three judges are in agreement about which of the five couples has the best chance to win the season.
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