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Excruciating moment Venus Williams brutally snubs Sunrise host Natalie Barr live at the Oscars

Excruciating moment Venus Williams brutally snubs Sunrise host Natalie Barr live on the Oscars red carpet after she yelled at the tennis star and begged for an interview

Natalie Barr was left red-faced after a very awkward encounter with Venus Williams at the Oscars on Sunday.

The tennis star, 41, brutally snubbed the Sunrise host as she attempted to interview her on the red carpet.

After Venus arrived at the event, Natalie repeatedly yelled her name out as she tried to get her attention.

That’s awkward! Excruciating moment Venus Williams brutally snubbed Sunrise host Natalie Barr (pictured) live on the Oscars red carpet

‘I can’t wait to see if we can talk to her. We will try,’ Natalie said before calling out the sport star’s name.

After several failed attempts, the TV host held a packet of Tim Tams and tried to offer her the chocolate biscuit.

But Venus walked off before eventually returning to chat to the Entertainment Tonight hosts, who were standing right next to Natalie.

Red carpet interviews: After Venus arrived to the event, Natalie repeatedly yelled her name out as she tried to get her attention

Red carpet interviews: After Venus arrived to the event, Natalie repeatedly yelled her name out as she tried to get her attention

This is the first time Natalie has hosted the Oscars.

She recently described herself as a ‘rookie’ but said doing the Oscars red carpet is something she’s ‘always wanted to do’.

Last week, Natalie also said she was excited to host the star-studded event.

Trying hard! After several failed attempts, the TV host held a packet of Tim Tams and tried to offer her the chocolate biscuit

Trying hard! After several failed attempts, the TV host held a packet of Tim Tams and tried to offer her the chocolate biscuit

‘I’ve covered floods, fires, elections and terror attacks,’ she said.

‘So to frock up and head to the biggest red carpet of them all is going to be different, exciting and a whole lot of fun!

Ratings have been steadily worsening for the Oscar TV broadcast over the last ten years, with 2021 hitting an all-time low of just 10.4m viewers globally.

This isn’t the first time a Sunrise host has been ignored on the red carpet at the Oscars.

Back in March 2016, Edwina Bartholomew appeared to lose her composure upon catching sight of Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence at the 88th annual Academy Awards.

She heard screeching at the Oscar winner as she made her way towards The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles ahead of the prestigious ceremony. 

‘Jennifer, wave to Australia!’ she yelled off-camera. ‘Wave to Australia – PLEEASE!’

While the American star did offer a good natured wave in the direction of those gathered in the press pit, it did not appear to be aimed at hapless Edwina, who later conceded Jennifer ‘almost’ looked in their direction.

The following day Edwina described her efforts as ‘desperate’, telling the Kyle and Jackie O show how the event’s biggest stars shuttled down an ‘express lane’ to avoid being interviewed.

Host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson asked whether she had noticed the section of the red carpet which was reserved for the biggest names and if it made the process difficult.

Responding jokingly, Edwina said: ‘It got desperate,’ before mimicking herself shouting: ‘Jennifer, Jennifer! Please, please!’ 

Embarrassing! But Venus walked off before eventually returning to chat to the Entertainment Tonight hosts, who were standing right next to Natalie

Embarrassing! But Venus walked off before eventually returning to chat to the Entertainment Tonight hosts, who were standing right next to Natalie

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