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Carrie Bickmore caught out by phallic symbol doodle

TV presenter Carrie Bickmore forgot what she had drawn on the back of a piece of paper when she accidentally held it up to camera on Thursday's episode of The Project.

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With not one but two penis-related scandals hitting headlines in just weeks, Carrie Bickmore has copped it for her own ‘‘Todd Carney moment’’ from TV colleagues Peter Helliar and Dave Hughes. 

In a merciless ribbing from the two comedians on Nova’s breakfast show, Hughes suggested Bickmore would lose her job and should see if she can join Carney in France and present ‘‘Le Project’’. 

What's that picture Carrie? Bickmore on <em>The Project</em>.

What's that picture Carrie? Bickmore on The Project. Photo: Network Ten

Following last night’s literal cock-up when Bickmore shocked viewers by accidentally holding up a piece of paper with a large phallic drawing live on The Project, the presenter fronted up to the pair to explain herself.

Bickmore claimed she was joking with the audience during a break about what former co-host Charlie Pickering would sketch on his notes. However, when back on air, she forgot about the offending, albeit rather basic, scrawl.

‘‘I had no idea,’’ she told the Nova hosts. ‘‘It was only when we went off air that the director had screenshotted it ... and I almost died.’’

Hughes said her career would be over and she would have to leave the country.

‘‘Maybe Todd Carney’s got some room in the French rugby league team that he’s moved to,’’ Hughes said. ‘‘It’s a Todd Carney moment.’’

Helliar agreed: ‘‘It is right up there with Todd Carney, I’ve got to say.’’

‘‘It is not up there with Todd Carney,’’ Bickmore disputed. 

Helliar continued to taunt the TV host by asking listeners to phone in. ‘‘Which is more offensive, the Todd Carney photo or the Carrie Dickmore scandal?’’

Helliar had already noted that Johnny Knoxville, appearing on the show last year, had called her Carrie Dickmore. ‘‘It seemed like it was quite prophetic, to be honest.’’

Hughes was particularly biting about the scandal, claiming that the Australian Broadcasting Authority was investigating and she should  make a solo apology on the The Project on Friday night, a show which Hughes is also appearing on.

‘‘My good name is possibly being dragged through the mud, because of something that happened at the end of The Project last night," Hughes said.

Hughes asked what she was going to tell her five-year-old son, Ollie. ‘‘He’s got to go to school on Monday, doesn’t he? Is he going to have to move schools? Is he going to have to go into the witness relocation program? Are you going to leave Australia?’’

 Supporting Bickmore’s case, Charlie Pickering posted this in April after his last show: