The teenager who got international attention after egging Australian Senator Fraser Anning in the wake of the Christchurch terror attacks has admitted it was "not the right thing to do".
Will Connolly, also known as 'Egg Boy', appeared on The Project Australia on Monday and said, while he understood what he did was not the right method of protest, it had positive consequences.
"I understand what I did was not the right thing to do, however, this egg has united people, and money has been raised, tens of thousands of dollars has been raised for those victims," he said.
Connolly said the incident blew out of proportion and it was "embarrassing" that it had taken attention away from the victims of the Christchurch attack.
He revealed he had been listening to Anning for an hour before the egging and realised "a point had to be made".
In the aftermath of the egging, Connolly began garnering headlines overseas while nominations began rolling in for him to be made Australian of the Year and bands started offering the 17-year-old free tickets to their gigs.
He told The Project he hadn't had time to think about all the acclaim he received, but the Egg Boy nickname was becoming annoying.
A Givealittle page set up for the teenager raised more than $70,000 - which Connolly said he will donate to the families of the victims.
His appearance on the show was widely praised by viewers.
"Maybe make him Prime Minister since we can't have Jacinda Ardern," said one Twitter user.
After egging the senator, the teenager was slapped by the man before being tackled to the ground by the politician's supporters.
The senator had been previously criticised for his comments after the attacks.
"The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration programme that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place," he said.