The Project faces backlash over Steve Price and Jamila Rizvi's altercation

By Stephanie Nuzzo November 14, 2016

Tensions were high during a heated politically-focused episode of The Project and the show is now facing significant backlash, but not in the direction you’d think

As we reported on November 10, things became noticeably strained on The Project last week during a conversation between Steve Price and columnist Jamila Rizvi as they discussed the presidential election. 

As a result, more than 20,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the cast of the show publicly apologise to Steve Price, who wore the majority of the blame for the incident and was reprimanded by fellow presenter, Carrie Bickmore:

“Pricey, we were talking to Jamila and you don't need to keep that tone,” Bickmore said. 

The debate sparked after Price made comment about the election of Trump as president of the United States. On this he said:

“Well what that shows you is the people in real America, small town America, weren't buying the bulldust coming out of the elites…”

After which, Rizvi jumped in and asserted, “Sorry can we cut this bull**** about the idea of there being a real America?”

Rizvi continued to talk about the question of “real America”, with Price visibly uncomfortable with having been cut off.

“This is the reason why Donald Trump won, because people like you lecture and heckle people,” he said.

"I apologise, I thought I was on to be interviewed, so..." Ms Rizvi replied.

The petition claims that Rizvi's comments were an example of "leftist bullying". The website reads:   

"Nobody, no matter what side of politics they fall on, should have to experience the abuse and degradation of what Steve had to go through on that program.

"This is a petition is a call for a public apology, made on national TV by the presenters involved, to recognise that what happened on The Project is unacceptable and should be condemned. Wether you are on the left, right, or somewhere in between, nobody should experience what Steve experienced."

Take a peek at the petition in full here and let us know if you agree!