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Keys & Gray apologise for sexist comments

Wed 26th Jan 2011 | Television & Broadcasting

Richard Keys and Andy Gray, the Sky Sports presenters whose sexist remarks toward a female official costing Gray his job have both apologised today.

Keys has been busy speaking on a number of media channels today expressing his remorse for the comments he made at the weekend.

Speaking to ITN News today Keys was apologetic: "I'm sorry you've had to wait so long to hear from me. I'm on my way into London now to start apologising to the people that I need to. For the immediate, I would just like to say how deeply sorry I am for the part that I have played in causing this furore."

On talkSPORT radio, Keys said: "There's a firestorm raging out there and it has been very difficult to step into the middle of it."

Asked about his remarks about Karren Brady, he said: "I tried to ring Karren twice on Sunday night." He added that Brady had not responded to a text message, offering an apology. "I tried to ring her to apologise and she didn't take my call," he said.

Meanwhile, Andy Gray who was sacked yesterday by Sky Sports when more damaging footage came to light, issued a statement in which he said: "I am very sorry that certain comments made by me have caused offence.

“Such comments were made off-air to work colleagues, and were of course never intended to be broadcast. I was very upset when the comments were brought to my attention, and it was my intention to apologise on Monday night when I was back on air for the Bolton v Chelsea game.

"Sadly I was unable to do so as I was suspended from the show by Sky Sports and have now been sacked.

“Football is my life and I am devastated by losing the job that I love. I am equally upset that third parties have been dragged into this issue. I ask that the media respect their privacy so that they can continue in their roles.

“I have worked for Sky Sports loyally for over 20 years and I do not wish to comment further at this time."

 

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