Italian television host Paola Ferrari has found herself in hot water this week after she flashed all of Italy on live TV.
The moment in the Italian Euro 2020 coverage has been compared to the X-rating leg-crossing moment in the 1992 thriller Basic Instinct, yet Ferrari is denying that she did it on purpose, according to The New York Post.
Ferrari was dressed in a long black gown with her legs crossed when she decided to switch legs at one point. When she did that, some viewers claimed that she was not wearing underwear, and had therefore flashed them all.
Ferrari fired back by saying that she “prefers health and hygiene.”
“It has gone viral, they are using more VAR (for this incident) than on the field at the European Championships,” Ferrari said. “It happened but it’s nothing serious.”
While some viewers swore that they saw a butterfly tattoo, Ferrari said, “I can assure you that I do not have a tattooed butterfly, I do not fly so high.”
As for the Basic Instinct comparison, Ferrari added, “It’s a bit of a stretch, as she is one of the sexiest women in the world. In short, the viral video seems a bit exaggerated, I presented two evenings WITH pants. Sharon Stone was not wearing underwear in that scene. I, on the other hand, prefer to protect health and hygiene.”
Ferrari has been a host on RAI, a national broadcasting company in Italy, since the 1990s. During her career, she’s hosted shows like “La Domenica Sportiva” and “90º minuto.” Before taking a job with RAI, Ferrari worked with Italian networks such as Telenovela (Milan) and TG2 (TeleGiornale 2).
Back in 2005, Ferrari competed on the Italian version of “Dancing with the Stars,” and later returned to the show as a judge, according to The Post.
Earlier this year, Ferrari described herself to Vanity Fair as “a stubborn woman with great self-confidence.” She also responded to rumors that she is “jealous” of other sports journalists by saying that “It is absolutely not true.”
She went on to name some journalists’ whose work she admired.
“I have many friends in this world and there are some colleagues who I respect very much. For example Giorgia Rossi, Simona Rolandi and Anna Billò,” Ferrari said, describing these journalists as “very good and beautiful.”
“Jealousy is not a feeling that belongs to me,” she concluded.
Later in the interview, Ferrari revealed what she “will never accept” when it comes to colleagues and the workplace.
“I think that to gain respect you need to show that you are good. We fought a lot to clear the role of women in the ball, now it bothers me a lot when I see some colleagues who show up on the sidelines with ultra-tight t-shirts and foam-padded shorts,” she said. “I’m sorry, but I’ll never accept it.”