If revenge is a dish best served cold, 60 Minutes presenter Charles Wooley had a frozen pizza for his online detractors.
Exactly six months after being called out for his controversial interview with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the veteran journalist has hit back at his detractors in a fiery segment taking aim at social media's "outrage brigade".
On Sunday's episode of Nine's current affairs program, Wooley fired back at the commentary that greeted his "sexist" interview with Ardern in February, in which he was lambasted for asking the then-pregnant PM about her "conception" and quipping about her appearance.
"I've met a lot of Prime Ministers in my time, but none so young, not too many so smart, and never one so attractive," Wooley said on Sunday's episode, defending his questioning.
"The online reaction was swift, judgment was passed and it was mostly unforgiving," he added.
Sunday's bizarre segment saw Wooley turn "free speech" warrior against the "so-called trolls of the outrage brigade".
"There's a lot that you're angry about and you don't miss when you spit your venom," the presenter told viewers.
He also offered a voice to controversial "victims" of call-out culture, including comedian Kevin Bloody Wilson and AFL star Barry Hall.
"Some sins will never be forgotten," Wooley said of Hall's sexist quip on Triple M in June, which saw the footy commentator swiftly ditched by the radio network.
"I haven't got the violin out saying poor me... I do the crime, I do the time," Hall told Wooley.
"But you don't know how long the sentence is," Wooley jumped in.
"I got no income, and there's no real light at the end of the tunnel of when that will change or when that will be. So it's a big cock-up," Hall plucked.
The segment also saw Wooley proving apologist for Kevin Bloody Wilson's routine, with its gaudy emphasis on PC-baiting humour. (Wilson was "the only comedian" willing to talk to him about political correctness, Wooley said.)
"People are gonna say that you're a dinosaur..." Wooley told Wilson.
"I'm fine with that, I've made a very good living out of being a dinosaur... I'm probably just reflecting what most of Australia, certainly what all of my mates, are thinking," said Wilson.
"Maybe we're like strange creatures left behind by a retreating tide on the beach," Wooley commiserated.
The 60 Minutes presenter ended the segment with a convenient revelation: the best way to "combat the shallow intensity" of social media, he said, was to remove himself from it completely.
"You can still say whatever you like about this story, but you'll have to write me a letter," Wooley concluded. A Nine spokesperson suggested the network's Willoughby, NSW address for any further correspondence.
Online commenters haven't let the presenter's internet absence stop them, mocking the self-serving segment.
"This 60 Minutes item on outrage seems like one long Charles Woolley subtweet about the sledging he got for his Jacinda Ardern profile," one commenter wrote on Twitter.
"'Slip-ups', 'witch hunts'.... I'm thinking it's time to retire, Charles Wooley," added another.
Rob Moran is an Entertainment reporter for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times.