ORLANDO, Fla. – News anchor Matt Austin appeared on The Monsters in the Morning radio show in Orlando on Wednesday to discuss his viral video defending his daughters that has made headlines around the world.
Host Russ Rollins and his crew sat down with Austin to recap the wild three-and-a-half weeks since his original Facebook post.
“How has it handled all this attention from TikTok and social media and the world?” asked Rollins.
“It was this crazy experience,” Austin replied.
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Nasty and unwanted comments from viewers and online trolls are an unfortunate part of the business for reporters and anchors, but the vitriol aimed at his daughters and his parenting skills was something Austin didn’t anticipate.
Austin was away from the studio lights and cameras of a live broadcast as he faced dozens of comments questioning his parenthood and the propriety of his daughters’ clothing.
“But when you’re after my kids, man, it just hits a nerve that I’m not used to, not used to,” Austin said.
“I posted a little pic of my girls for homecoming. It’s the first time they’ve been together at homecoming. I have a freshman and a senior, it’s the only time they go to homecoming together.
“Basically, I’m making this post and we put it on Facebook, we go and take pictures with our friends for a couple of hours, and I come back in the house and I’m flipping through my phone and I’m like, ‘Why am I doing this? Hundreds of comments on this?’”
Austin took to social media a second time to send a TikTok video response to the people who attacked his family. His video response has been viewed more than 6 million times since it was posted on TikTok.
The viral video was soon singled out by Austin’s peers in the media, and versions of the story have appeared in numerous outlets across the United States and abroad, including Monday’s Inside Edition.
When asked on Inside Edition what the lesson learned was, Austin replied, “I hope the one thing my girls take away from this is that no matter whoever comes for them — whether it’s internet tolls, whether it’s is about lions and tigers and bears – her father will always have her back. One hundred percent.”
Speaking on Wednesday’s radio appearance, Austin said, “I think the most surreal moment of this whole thing was when someone said to me, ‘You’re on TMZ,’ so I went to the main page of TMZ. This is the day Tom [Brady] and Gisele [Bundchen] Broke it up and I scroll past Tom and Gisele and my kids and I are right below. And yesterday George Takei tweeted about me.”
Austin also spoke about his advocacy work that helped pass the texting and driving law in Florida.
Austin shared a story from September 2016 when he suffered a severe concussion in an accident involving a driver who was believed to be distracted. He said he was sitting in his vehicle at a stop light before he heard a really loud noise, “and then I woke up at the intersection,” Austin said.
Austin said the person who hit him admitted to law enforcement that he texted while driving.
When Austin asked the officer from his hospital bed what was being done to the driver, the officer replied that there was nothing he could do and said, “I can’t give a ticket for stupidity.”
On July 1, 2019, Florida’s law banning texting while driving went into full effect, making texting and driving a prime offense — meaning law enforcement has the power to stop vehicles and motorists who Texting and driving, issuing subpoenas.
The law states: “A person shall not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers or symbols into a wireless text, email and instant messaging communication device.”
“It’s been a long and hard battle,” news anchor Matt Austin said in 2019. “But now, after almost three years, 100 stories, more than a dozen trips to Tallahassee and thousands of miles driven through Florida to reach decision makers.” To track down , I’m relieved that Florida politicians finally did the right thing. They made safety a priority.”
Carlos Navarro – also one of the voices behind “Monsters in the Morning” – recently sat down with Austin and Ginger Gadsden, the hosts of the News 6 podcast “Florida’s Fourth Estate,” to chat with Navarro about his ups and downs in the entertainment industry to speak .
What you may not know is that Navarro’s path to Hollywood success included losing his hosting gig with The Monsters and defeating his own monsters to get to where he is today.
“Dude, you did so great by the way, Carlos,” Austin said.
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