Australian Sunrise TV presenter Sam Armytage was in the studio, doing a live cross to weather reporter Sam Mac on the Rock of Rarotonga.
But she had a slip of the tongue: instead of Cook Islands, she dubbed the country an unfortunately offensive blend of Cook and Rock.
Previously, it was Cook Islands’ internet domain extension, “.co.ck” that caused the same mirth in a country not known for its sophisticated sense of humour.
Now we can add the very name of the country to the list of words Australians cannot pronounce.
Armytage was red-faced and Mac exploded into laughter when she tripped over the pronunciation of Cook Islands.
“Sam Mac, you’ve had a humdinger this morning in the C*** Islands,” she said, before realising her mistake and quickly correcting herself, “Cook Islands”.
The TV star couldn’t hide her embarrassment over the rude error, as she burst into nervous laughter and buried her head in her hands, while co-host David Koch shook his head and looked on awkwardly.
“Oh no, I’m going to end up on Media Watch,” Armytage said while still chuckling.
Meanwhile Sam Mac was of course still on the other end of the live cross from the Cook Islands location and didn’t quite know how to respond.
“Wow. I mean I can either pretend that didn’t just happen or I could just enjoy it,” he said, bursting into laughter.
Earlier this year at the Pacific Islands Forum, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said “Toovaloo” instead of Tuvalu which really had people up in giggles on the major fail.