Channel Nine star Sonia Kruger has become immersed in controversy this morning, after endorsing a suspension of Muslim immigration to Australia, in the wake of the Nice terror attack.
Speaking on the Today Show in response to a controversial opinion piece by newspaper columnist Andrew Bolt, Sonia said she was terrified by recent acts of violence, and suggested that immigration controls could be a solution. While claiming she has a 'lot of very good friends' who are peace-loving Muslims, she added 'there are fanatics'.
'I would like to see it stop now for Australia,' Sonia said of Muslim immigration, 'because I want to feel safe as all of our citizens do when we go out to celebrate Australia Day'.
Her TV co-host David Campbell disagreed, saying that freedom of religion was just as important as freedom of speech. Speaking on Bolt's article, he added: 'This breeds hate. This sort of article breeds hate.'
Twitter users quickly reacted to Sonia's comments, with some labelling them 'disgusting' and 'racist'.