Rebel Wilson cops a brutal sledge on Have You Been Paying Attention?

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Rebel Wilson has been skewered by Australia’s most ruthless comedians, just days after the actress went public with her new girlfriend Ramona Agruma.

The 42-year-old was the subject of several jokes on Monday’s episode of Have You Been Paying Attention? after quizmaster Tom Gleisner asked the panel to explain why Wilson was in the headlines last week.

‘What is Rebel’s happy news?’ Gleisner asked, prompting comedian Tony Martin to cheekily respond: ‘She’s not going to be making any more films?’

Rebel Wilson cops a brutal sledge on Have You Been Paying Attention?

Rebel Wilson (right) has been sledged by Australia’s most ruthless comedians, just days after the actress went public with her new girlfriend Ramona Agruma (left)

‘Very unkind. Rebel is very popular,’ Gleisner replied in mock outrage. 

‘Tony, she’s a national treasure!’ interrupted panellist Sam Pang. 

Guy Montgomery then buzzed in to say: ‘After a long phase of rebelling against the system, she’s found inner peace and will now be called Compliant Wilson.’

Anne Edmonds finally offered the correct answer, saying: ‘She’s got a girlfriend.’ 

'What is Rebel's happy news?' quizmaster Tom Gleisner asked, prompting comedian Tony Martin (back row, left) to cheekily respond: 'She's not going to be making any more films?'

‘What is Rebel’s happy news?’ quizmaster Tom Gleisner asked, prompting comedian Tony Martin (back row, left) to cheekily respond: ‘She’s not going to be making any more films?’ 

Wilson came out on Friday by sharing a photo of herself and Ramona, 38, posing for a sweet couple selfie on Instagram. 

The Pitch Perfect star captioned her post: ‘I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince… but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess.’

Although Friday marked Wilson and Agruma’s official debut as a couple, the pair had actually been spotted together on several occasions in the past few months.

They even made a joint red carpet appearance at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in March.

Hours after the announcement, Sydney Morning Herald journalist Andrew Hornery published a column in which he accused Wilson of ‘gazumping’ his scoop by going public with her relationship – which he had been planning to publish a story about. 

The columnist claimed that he had contacted Wilson’s representatives on Thursday, informing them about his plans to pen a story about her romance, and that he gave them ‘two days to comment’. ‘Big mistake. Wilson opted to gazump the story,’ he wrote. ‘

Rebel came out on Friday by sharing a photo of herself and Ramona, 38, posing for a sweet couple selfie on Instagram

Rebel came out on Friday by sharing a photo of herself and Ramona, 38, posing for a sweet couple selfie on Instagram

The Pitch Perfect star captioned her post: 'I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince... but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess'

The Pitch Perfect star captioned her post: ‘I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince… but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess’

A wave of backlash followed, with critics accusing Hornery of attempting to ‘out’ Wilson and slamming him for then complaining about her taking control of the announcement. 

‘Thanks for your comments, it was a very hard situation but trying to handle it with grace,’ Wilson wrote in reply to a Twitter post by Channel 10’s Kate Doak.  

Hornery has subsequently apologised for the ‘tone’ of his controversial article, and said it was never his intention to ‘inflict pain’ when he reached out to ask about her new relationship with Ramona. 

Hornery admitted he has learnt some new and difficult lessons.

‘I genuinely regret that Rebel has found this hard. That was never my intention. But I see she has handled it all with extraordinary grace,’ he wrote in a column which replaced Sunday’s article online.

‘As a gay man I’m well aware of how deeply discrimination hurts. The last thing I would ever want to do is inflict that pain on someone else.’

Hours later Sydney Morning Herald gossip columnist Andrew Hornery (pictured) published a column in which he accused Rebel of 'gazumping' his scoop by going public with her relationship - which he had been planning to publish a story about

Hours later Sydney Morning Herald gossip columnist Andrew Hornery (pictured) published a column in which he accused Rebel of ‘gazumping’ his scoop by going public with her relationship – which he had been planning to publish a story about

Hornery said he thought that his article would be a ‘happy story’ after seeing several months of photos of the pair together on her Instagram page.

‘I assumed there was a good chance she might be happy to discuss it,’ he explained.

‘She had already revealed a month ago that she had been dating and was very happy.’

The gossip columnist added he never meant his request comment to be a threat, but rather ‘make it clear’ that he was ‘sufficiently confident with his information and to open a conversation’.

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