In a shock move the ABC today sacked managing director Michelle Guthrie after the directors decided it was not in the public broadcaster's best interests for her to continue to lead the organisation.
Morrison said it wasn't his place to comment on the efficacy of Guthrie as managing director, again pointing to the board as the folks in charge of that call.
"I am considering my legal options", Guthrie said.
The ABC Chairman has confirmed that the Australian national broadcaster's Managing Director Michelle Guthrie has left her position.
David Anderson, now director, entertainment and specialist, will serve as acting MD until a new appointment is made in the coming months.
There was also pressure fronm the external commentariat, with Ms Guthrie regularly finding herself receiving robust criticism from newspaper columnists and radio talk-back hosts, as well as media moguls who believe the ABC is encroaching on commercial enterprise.
Milne and Guthrie reportedly had a frosty relationship, clashing over how to deal with a hostile government in Canberra.
The daughter of a Chinese mother and an Australian father - and the first female managing director in the ABC's history - her appointment marked a departure from the long list of white males who preceded her.
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Guthrie responded to recent calls to privatise the ABC, and cited a preliminary report from Deloitte she commissioned, which she said found the ABC contributed $1 billion to the economy and indirectly created 2500 jobs. "We needed a different leadership style", Milne told the ABC on Monday.
"The board wishes to thank Michelle for her contribution to the ABC", said Milne.
In a later interview on ABC News, Milne said the board had been "looking at the question of Michelle's ongoing employment for the last couple of months".
During her tenure she trumpeted higher investment in innovative content, investigative journalism and regional journalism, defending the ABC's independence and increasing efficiency across the ABC.
The host of the ABC's nightly news bulletin in Sydney, Juanita Phillips, also weighed in on the sacking.
Guthrie was announced as the new managing director in December 2015, and she began in the role in May 2016.
Melbourne radio host Jon Faine, who's been at the broadcast for almost 30 years and three months ago attacked Guthrie saying he was "sick of getting it ripped apart because of the failure of our managers" and being "done over" by the government, this morning launched another attack on the departed MD saying her tenure had been an "astonishing fail".
Some fear it played a role in the Government's 2018 budget decision to freeze the ABC's indexation, costing the broadcaster $84m over three years.