Barnaby Joyce sends a polite message to Hollywood star Johnny Depp

Barnaby Joyce sends a message to Hollywood star Johnny Depp.
Barnaby Joyce sends a message to Hollywood star Johnny Depp.

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Barnaby Joyce has hit back at Hollywood actor Johnny Depp after the Pirates of the Caribbean star described Australia's Deputy Prime Minister as apparently "inbred with a tomato".

Depp, appearing on late-night TV in the US, was asked about his long-running feud with the Nationals' leader and Agriculture Minister over Depp's two pet terriers illegally flown into the country.

Depp told host Jimmy Kimmel Mr Joyce "looks somehow inbred with a tomato."

Depp said his comments weren't a criticism of "Mr Jones" but that he "was a little worried . . . he just might explode".

Mr Joyce on Wednesday laughed off Depp's latest insults.