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Georgia reels in the followers


GEORGIA Love has gained thousands of followers on Instagram since being pulled from her on-air role as a Channel 7 reporter, after backlash over a social media post.

The former Bacheloret­te posted a video to Instagram on Monday last week featuring a cat sitting inside an Asian restaurant. Accompanyi­ng the video was the caption: “Shop attendant or lunch?”

The criticism came thick and fast, with key figures accusing her of casual racism.

Ms Love deleted the video about an hour later but the damage had been done.

On Friday, it was revealed

Ms Love was moved to the production desk at Channel 7 and was “devastated” and “deeply sorry” for the post. She was also dumped from her role as an ambassador for Chadstone Shopping Centre.

However, on the same day, Ms Love gained 11,723 followers. She has a total of 243,000 followers and her most recent post attracted almost 16,000 likes.

On Friday, the Seven Network issued a statement saying: “We have addressed this matter internally and disciplina­ry action has been taken. Seven does not condone this inappropri­ate conduct and all of our staff have the right to work in a safe, nurturing workplace free from prejudice”.

She was counselled by the network and issued an apology to her colleagues in an email sent to staff.

Chadstone Shopping Centre on Friday said the organisati­on was “disappoint­ed”.

Ms Love apologised shortly after posting the video.

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