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Cassandra Thorburn hits back at online bullies after her Studio 10 appearance

And she's done it with class and grace.

By Alex Lilly

Despite her very public split from ex-husband Karl Stefanovic, Cassandra Thorburn has kept her cool and shown she is stronger and more resilient than ever.

After appearing as a guest panellist on Studio 10, Cass showed her sense of humour when she posted a photo of herself with a rather stern glare captioning it, "The faces you make and the media chooses to freeze frame when you're a guest panelist for 2 and a half hours."

But when a follower commented to ask why she would put herself through that, Cass replied, "I was a guest panellist for 2 and a half hours and it was so much fun. Great team of people and laughter is good for the soul."

When one troll took an ill-opportune screenshot and labelled the former television producer as "FUGLY," Cass chose to name and shame rather than let the bullying get to her.

Cass shared the Internet troll's message on Instagram writing, "What about this bully, yes Guy you have taken a freeze frame of someone making a face and what's your point? Calling me FUGLY and sending me a frame does what for you? #callingoutthebullies#nottoleratingitanymore"

Cass named and shamed her online bully.
Cass named and shamed her online bully.

Despite the negativity, Cass also received a lot of praise for her appearance on the Network Ten morning show, complimenting her for her eloquence and poise, especially when she told host Sarah Harris, "Do I need to have a man to continue on?'.

"You were fabulous , looked terrific and gave some delightfully intelligent responses. Cheers and power to you!" one commenter wrote.

"You spoke so well today! One of your final comments really resonated with me . . .nearly made me teary. Wishing you ridiculous success and contentment," another penned.

"What a breath of fresh air you were today on Studio 10. Would love to see you as a permanent panelist or presenter on Studio 10. You were articulate, witty, funny and informative on today's topics. Well done Cassandra you truly aced it," praised another.

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Cass on the *Australian Women's Weekly* Women of the Future Awards 2018 red carpet.
Cass on the Australian Women's Weekly Women of the Future Awards 2018 red carpet.

In a candid chat with The Weekly, the family-focused mother-of-three opened up about the tumultuous last two years and how she struggled to get to the positive place she is now.

"Last year, I declared that Karl really was dead to me, a man I no longer know, but the children still have their father."

"The flip-side of that is I feel like we're dead to his family and almost anyone from our old life."

"There has been practically no contact. I feel like we've been discarded and disposed of, replaced by a whole new line-up of starters."

"It has been a real adjustment period for me."

Cass put her career on hold to be a stay-at-home mum for her children, Jackson (now almost 19), Ava (13) and River (11). But now, the former journalist, is returning to work with the release of her first children's book, Leo Lion's BIG Bed! which she co-authored with her close friend, Cara Campbell.

Perhaps we will be seeing a fresh face on the Studio 10 panel in the near future…

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