Australian comedian Fiona O'Loughlin labelled 'nasty' for harsh comments on Irwin family

O'Loughlin shared her opinion on the Little Dum Dum Club podcast.
O'Loughlin shared her opinion on the Little Dum Dum Club podcast. Photo credit: Getty.

A controversial Australian comedian has ripped into the Irwin family in a savage interview, calling Bindi a "freak" and saying Steve's behaviour signalled he had Aspergers.

Fiona O'Loughlin has a history with the Irwin family, appearing on an ABC show in 2010 where she called then-11-year-old Bindi "a bit creepy" and a "freak show". The comments received widespread criticism from Australians.

But nearly a decade on, O'Loughlin doesn't appear to have changed her mind, doubling down on an episode of the podcast The Little Dum Dum Club.

"I said [Bindi] was a freak," O'Loughlin said.

"Let's call a spade a spade. Steve Irwin had Asperger's. You don’t run around the world talking like that without being bonkers. Fun, but bonkers. What's the American wife? Terri. Terri actually thinks she's in a cartoon because the outfits are crazy."

O'Loughlin's opinion didn't get a warm reception on social media.

"Fiona O'Loughlin is desperately trying to be relevant by insulting Bindi Irwin," one person said on Twitter. "What a nasty woman," said another.

O'Loughlin, who won the Australian version of I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here last year, also claims she has been blacklisted from television due to her "alcoholic history" and for being "on the wrong side of 50".