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Sami Lukis shares the cruel letters she received from Channel 9 viewers during her stint on TV

Former weather host Sami Lukis has dug into the archives of cruel letters she received from viewers while working on Channel 9’s Today show in the early 2000s.

The now 52-year-old from Sydney has been criticized for her appearance, acting, smile and even what shade of lipstick she wore.

Unlike today’s digital age, viewers had to do their best to be heard by writing or typing letters to send to the television station.

Australian media personality Sami Lukis (pictured) has shared images of the cruel letters she received from viewers in the early 2000s while working as a weather presenter on Channel 9's Today show

Australian media personality Sami Lukis (pictured) has shared images of the cruel letters she received from viewers in the early 2000s while working as a weather presenter on Channel 9’s Today show

Ms. Lukis was criticized for her appearance, acting, smile and even what color lipstick she was wearing

Ms. Lukis was criticized for her appearance, acting, smile and even what color lipstick she was wearing

Ms. Lukis (pictured, center in blue) was the first full-time female weather host on the Today show, replacing Monte Dwyer

Ms. Lukis (pictured, center in blue) was the first full-time female weather host on the Today show, replacing Monte Dwyer

Ms Lukis said she was the first full-time female weather host on the Today show, replacing Monte Dwyer.

“I knew I was going to be a big change for viewers, but I wasn’t prepared for the deluge of criticism I got for my…well…everything!” she said 9Honey.

“I realized very quickly that it didn’t matter how hard I worked, or how much time I spent studying the weather patterns, or how much effort I put into preparing each weather cross, because a woman’s appearance will always judge more than her can.

“Unfortunately, most of the viewers’ complaints were about my appearance. They were rude, condescending and often downright cruel. I think it was the OG trolls.”

A handwritten letter from Michelle in Brighton read: 'Please update your old-fashioned haircut.  It has no shape at all'

A handwritten letter from Michelle in Brighton read: ‘Please update your old-fashioned haircut. It has no shape at all’

A man who described himself as 'a very old TV viewer from Bundaberg' sent a letter to Ms Lukis saying 'I like you' but to be honest, to see you dressed like a very cheap person, you disgust me.  Please don't present yourself so cheaply in the future'

A man who described himself as ‘a very old TV viewer from Bundaberg’ sent a letter to Ms Lukis which read: ‘I like you…but to be honest, to see you dress like a very cheap person , are you disgusted by me. Please don’t present yourself so cheaply in the future’

A handwritten letter from Michelle in Brighton read: ‘Please update your old-fashioned haircut. It has no shape at all.

‘Sydney does have a decent modern hairdresser. A girl from Melbourne would not be seen in public with long, tousled hair. Sydney girls have the ‘tarty’ look. Why?’

A man who described himself as ‘a very old TV viewer from Bundaberg’ sent a letter to Ms Lukis which read: ‘I like you…but to be honest, to see you dress like a very cheap person , are you disgusted by me. Please don’t present yourself so cheaply in the future. It does not suit you.’

A typewritten complaint from two women in Bendigo read: 'We realize you have to get up early, but do you have to come to work in your nightclub tops?'

A typewritten complaint from two women in Bendigo read: ‘We realize you have to get up early, but do you have to come to work in your nightclub tops?’

A typewritten complaint from two women in Bendigo read: ‘We realize you have to get up early, but it is necessary to come to work in your nightclub tops.

“You’re on the show, but that’s not a license to expose everything. Your male colleagues all wear a collar and tie.’

Another handwritten letter from an anonymous group of men asked why Ms. Lukis wears so much makeup on television.

‘Why do you make up your otherwise beautiful face? With your rosy cheeks and your black miner eyes you don’t look pretty anymore, rather ugly,” the letter said.

“It’s a real shame that such a pretty face can look so horrific. We’re a bunch of young men who like you otherwise.’

A handwritten letter from an anonymous group of men asked why Ms. Lukis wears so much makeup

A handwritten letter from an anonymous group of men asked why Ms. Lukis wears so much makeup

An anonymous note in capital letters urged Ms Lukis to stop 'giggling and babbling like an idiot' because she sounds 'like a chihuahua dog'

An anonymous note in capital letters urged Ms Lukis to stop ‘giggling and babbling like an idiot’ because she sounds ‘like a chihuahua dog’

An anonymous note in capital letters urged Ms. Lukis to stop “giggling and babbling like an idiot” because she sounds “like a chihuahua dog.”

‘You don’t make any sense, you talk too fast. Go to a speech therapist and learn to speak correctly or shut up completely,” the note read.

Perhaps the most brazen criticism of all was a full-page typewritten letter criticizing Ms. Lukis’ presentation and protesting the cuff length of her sleeves.

‘You make mistakes too often in your choice of clothing. A recent example, black with white trim and white cuffs, the cuff length is approximately 8cm, making them the dominant feature of the photo,” the letter read.

‘A better balance would be about 2-3 cm. This kind of excessive finery gives the impression of sloppiness and disorganization.’

And some underhanded compliments start with phrases like ‘you show good taste in choosing your wardrobe’ and then criticize another aspect of the overall look.

Perhaps the most brazen critique of all was a full-page typewritten letter criticizing Ms Lukis' presentation and protesting the cuff length of her sleeves.

Perhaps the most brazen critique of all was a full-page typewritten letter criticizing Ms Lukis’ presentation and protesting the cuff length of her sleeves.

Looking back, Ms Lukis still believes that being a weather presenter is ‘the best job on Aussie TV’ because of the fun nature of the job and the travel opportunities it offers.

If she could say one thing to the viewers sending the letters, Ms. Lukis would say ‘thanks for watching’.

“My response may be 20 years late…but better late than never,” she said.

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