Today co-host Karl Stefanovic
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Australian TV host Karl Stefanovic apologises for transgender jibe

One of Australia's most popular TV presenters has offered a lengthy apology after using an "ignorant jibe" considered offensive to transgender people.

In an apology, Karl Stefanovic admitted to overstepping the mark after a series of jokes during Thursday's show.

A Channel Nine reporter described how she and a cameraman were attacked by "transvestites" shortly after arriving in Rio de Janeiro to cover the Olympics.

This prompted Stefanovic to make a series of cross-dressing themed jokes, including a comment that the cameraman was "no stranger to the ways of the tranny", drawing sharp criticism from LGBT groups.

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