FAR OUT BRUSSEL SPROUT Why Ding Dong and Ita clashed

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - FIONA BYRNE

TV LEG­END Denise Drys­dale has bro­ken her si­lence on her “feud” with Ita But­trose, ad­mit­ting she threw a brus­sels sprout at the me­dia doyen.

Drys­dale said ru­mours of a rift be­tween the pop­u­lar pan­el­lists on Stu­dio 10 stemmed from the air­borne sprout in­ci­dent at the show’s un­of­fi­cial Christ­mas lunch last year.

“I threw the brus­sels sprout at her (Ita) – I have to ad­mit that – at the Christ­mas party and I did the wrong thing, so it is to­tally my fault,” Drys­dale said.

“I was in a jovial mood. The (of­fi­cial Stu­dio 10) Christ­mas party was that night and I could not go, so I had a cou­ple of glasses of cham­pagne towards the end of the day and I threw the brus­sels sprout and I shouldn’t have.”

In the past week, But­trose’s sur­prise at be­ing used as a tar­get for the much ma­ligned veg­etable was pin­pointed as lead­ing to fric­tion be­tween the women.

But Drys­dale dis­missed talk of any long-run­ning rift be­tween the pair.

“I rang Ita for Christ­mas; we talk, we all get along. I did the wrong thing, it was to­tally my fault, I am sorry it hap­pened,” she said.

Drys­dale said she had the ut­most re­spect for But­trose and was dis­ap­pointed that a fizz-fu­elled toss of a side-dish sprout had caused such con­tro­versy.

“I to­tally re­spect her and it was my fault for throw­ing the bloody brus­sels sprout,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one is a pro­fes­sional on that show and I just love be­ing a part of it.”

A shuf­fle in seat­ing po­si­tions on Ten’s morn­ing chat show was of­fered as evi- dence of ten­sion be­tween the pair, as were ru­mours of a be­hind-the-scenes turf war over dress­ing room space.

The dress­ing room drama is “ridicu­lous, to­tally ridicu­lous”, Drys­dale said.

“There is a very lim­ited amount of dress­ing rooms at Chan­nel 10. Ita was there for the first year, five days a week, and then I came in,” she said.

“When she wasn’t in, I had the dress­ing room, then I moved to an­other dress­ing room.

“Jess (Rowe, fel­low pan­el­list) and I have be­come the firmest of friends. I cook for her, we go out, we even have a pod­cast com­ing, so we have this con­nec­tion, we have so much fun and I dearly love her, and so we de­cided to share a dress­ing room a year and a half ago.

“I did not want to be in a dress­ing room on my own, I hate it, I am on my own all the time.”

Ac­cord­ing to Drys­dale, the shuf­fle of seat­ing po­si­tions on the panel had noth­ing to do with Sprout­gate.

“They made the changes be­cause Joe (Hilde­brand) has been on that side (of the panel) for three years or some­thing and they wanted the bloke in the mid­dle and two women ei­ther side,” she said.

“You will see an­other dif­fer­ence soon, we are not walk­ing on (to the set), we will just be sit­ting there (when the show opens).”

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