Barnaby Joyce's forced to apologies to channel seven staff for expletive-lade ...

Barnaby Joyce has apologised to Channel Seven staff for his expletive-laden meltdown after he was told he'd only be on air for 10 minutes during the network's state election coverage.  

The former deputy prime minister was on the panel for the New South Wales election on March 23 - and appeared in a foul mood throughout. 

His behaviour and aggressive attitude was criticised by viewers online, who called it 'rude'. 

The former deputy prime minister was on the network's panel for the New South Wales state election on March 23, and appeared to be in a foul mood

The former deputy prime minister was on the network's panel for the New South Wales state election on March 23, and appeared to be in a foul mood

According to The Australian, the former leader of the National Party apologised to Seven staff for his behaviour.

'I apologise for my behaviour and my demeanour,' he said. 

Insiders told the publication that Mr Joyce was 'furious' about the briefness of his appearance. 

Mr Joyce was scheduled to appear for 10 minutes on the program, and he was annoyed despite flying from his home in Armidale, news.com.au reported. 

He was accompanied by his partner, Vicky Campion, and their son.  

'He had the sh**s supreme about whether he should even be there,' an insider said about Mr Joyce. 

'There were four-letter words aplenty when Joyce first arrived on set and saw his schedule for the night,' another insider said.  

Mr Joyce was accompanied by his partner, Vicky Campion, and their son during his Channel Seven appearance

Mr Joyce was accompanied by his partner, Vicky Campion, and their son during his Channel Seven appearance 

Mr Joyce issued the apology, saying he was tired. 

'I saw the schedule on the (green room) wall,' Mr Joyce told the publication. 

'Then I saw the closest human being, and I told them what I thought.' 

After that, Mr Joyce was left on air for the live coverage for two hours. 

The current Nationals leader Michael McCormack, accepted Mr Joyce's apology. 

'The Member for New England has provided an apology, which I believe

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