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'The Circle's Yumi Stynes forgiven by war hero for mocking comments

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Yumi Stynes has been forgiven by the war hero who she mocked on The Circle earlier this week.

The Australian TV star caused outrage when she and George Negus made jibes about the intelligence and sexual abilities of Australian Victoria Cross medal recipient Ben Roberts-Smith on the Channel Ten chatshow, despite the fact that he had fought for their country in Afghanistan.

Yesterday, Stynes apologised for her comments, saying: "I did not mean to offend anybody. I have total respect for the people that work in the defence forces. It made me feel sick actually. I think that most people know that I am good-hearted."

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After Stynes and Negus both also contacted him personally to say sorry, Corporal Roberts-Smith has revealed that he was surprised at their comments, but understood that they were not meant maliciously.

He told the Herald Sun: "I would like to thank the Australian public and Australian Defence Force personnel for their overwhelming support - my wife and I were extremely touched by the outpouring of support and concern.

"I have now put this matter behind me so I can focus on serving my country."

Defence minister Stephen Smith added: "[He] has received the appropriate apologies, as he should have. He has accepted them, which is the measure of the man and his family."

Ten's statement on behalf of Negus said: "In no way was it meant to be a comment or a reflection on Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, directly or otherwise. However, if my comment has unintentionally offended Ben, his family, or his ADF/SAS colleagues, obviously I am sorry."

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