ABC News Breakfast host Michael Rowland has sent a message to social media users following their complaints.

The shows weatherman Nate Byrne appeared in the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade over the weekend.

Social media users were quick to criticise the presenter for appearing on the ABC float beside his colleagues.

Rowland said: “Nate was the subject of some disgusting, some disgraceful, homophobic comments which we think are just appalling here on News Breakfast. We are so proud of not just Nate but all of our colleagues, Fran Kelly, Patricia Karvelas, Annabelle Crabb -everybody who took part…. not just on the ABC float, but (those) who turned up to support the ABC.

“It’s a great initiative and those people who sent those messages can go back under their rocks, this morning.”

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