Lauren Phillips steps out for The Block auction in Melbourne


Lauren Phillips steps out for The Block auction in Melbourne as she’s spotted for the first time since having to make an on-air apology to mum of 15-year-old murder victim for laughing at a podcast about the girl’s death


Lauren Phillips has been pictured for the first time since being forced to apologise on-air for laughing at a true crime podcast during her radio show.

The media personality kept things casual in a pair of black denim jeans and a matching jacket as she stepped out for The Block auction in Melbourne on Saturday.

The 34-year-old paired it with a white T-shirt and simple white sneakers.

Stepping out:  Lauren Phillips stepped out for The Block auction in Melbourne on Saturday

Stepping out:  Lauren Phillips stepped out for The Block auction in Melbourne on Saturday

She was spotted with a film crew nearby, indicating that she’ll appear on camera for The Block auction.

The public appearance comes just days after Lauren apologised on-air to the mother of a murdered child she had accidentally laughed at during a broadcast.

Aspiring dancer Rachel Barber was just 15 when Caroline Reed Robertson strangled her to death with a telephone cord in a plot to steal her identity in 1999.

Casual: The media personality kept things casual in a pair of black denim jeans and a matching jacket

Simple: The 34-year-old paired it with a white T-shirt and simple white sneakers

Casual: The media personality kept things casual in a pair of black denim jeans and a matching jacket

Casual: The 34-year-old brushed some hair away from her face as she paced around the set

Casual: The 34-year-old brushed some hair away from her face as she paced around the set

Last week, Phillips shocked the family and friends of the murdered dancer when she laughed on Melbourne’s KIIS 101.1 while listening to a true crime podcast describing her murder. 

‘Am I a psychopath?’ Phillips asked during the conversation with co-host Jason ‘Jase’ Hawkins, outraging Elizabeth Barber, her friends and family.

Phillips told listeners on Wednesday she had been unaware the audio producers played during her conversation had been taken from the the very real life CASEFILE series of true crime podcasts.

Scandal: She was pictured for the first time since being forced to apologise on-air for laughing at a true crime podcast during her radio show

Scandal: She was pictured for the first time since being forced to apologise on-air for laughing at a true crime podcast during her radio show

The chat saw Phillips describe how she had used the podcast discussing Rachel’s tragic murder to cheer herself up.

Phillips cackled with laughter in the segment, which was later posted on the radio station’s own social media platforms.

The 34-year old explained she had just had an argument with her boyfriend when she decided to listen to the podcast.

Filming: She was spotted with a film crew nearby, indicating that she'll appear on camera for The Block auction

Filming: She was spotted with a film crew nearby, indicating that she'll appear on camera for The Block auction

Filming: She was spotted with a film crew nearby, indicating that she’ll appear on camera for The Block auction

Lights, camera, action! Lauren stood by as the camera operator got into position

Lights, camera, action! Lauren stood by as the camera operator got into position 

On Wednesday, she claimed she had become aware over the weekend that the snippet she had laughed at had been ripped from a TikTok video.

Choking back tears, Phillips said she had never intended to use audio of a real life crime to go with her on-air chat.

‘All of us here on the show were devastated when we realised what we had done. The show takes full responsibility and our background checks on the source of audio should have been more thorough,’ Phillips said.

Shocking: The public appearance comes just days after Lauren apologised on-air to the mother of a murdered child she had accidentally laughed at during a broadcast

Shocking: The public appearance comes just days after Lauren apologised on-air to the mother of a murdered child she had accidentally laughed at during a broadcast 

Hawkins too apologised for his limited role in the conversation and thanked Rachel’s mum for taking their calls to apologise in person.

‘She didn’t have to do that and we both had chats with her and yeah we appreciate her taking the call,’ he said.

Phillips added that the incident had impacted deeply on the entire production crew.

‘We really, from the bottom of our hearts, are very sorry that that audio was used, but we are deeply sorry and we will do everything in our power to ensure nothing like that ever happens again on our show,’ she said.

Rachel Barber's murder shocked all of Melbourne in 1999. The beloved child was only 15 when she was cruelly murdered.

Rachel Barber’s murder shocked all of Melbourne in 1999. The beloved child was only 15 when she was cruelly murdered. 

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