Al Porter resigns from Today FM show amid claims of inappropriate behaviour
The broadcaster and comedian Al Porter has resigned from his daily radio show on Today FM following allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
Mr Porter said he was "completely taken aback" by newspaper and online reports about his behaviour and said he had not intended to upset anyone.
Allegations of inappropriate behaviour were made online and reported in some newspapers on Sunday.
In a statement Mr Porter said: "I have been completely taken aback by reports in the media and on the social networks over the weekend, and by the scale and tone of the vitriol.
"While my conduct, which had been in keeping with my flamboyant and outrageous public persona, may be regarded as offensive and unacceptable by many people, I at no time intended to upset anyone."
He said that up until now he had been unaware of the complaints or the impact of his conduct.
"I am truly sorry for any distress I may have caused in what I had regarded as light-hearted and good-natured circumstances," he said.
Mr Porter said that following legal advice, he cannot comment on specific allegations at the present time.
"Nonetheless, I sincerely apologise to anyone I may have genuinely offended," he added.
Mr Porter said he had come to the personal decision that he needs time away from the spotlight after decades in the entertainment industry.
"I have informed Today FM that I am resigning from the station with immediate effect.
"To my family, colleagues, friends and fans I thank you for your many, many messages of support," he concluded.
Earlier on Sunday Today FM said that in light of recent events, both the station and Mr Porter agreed that he would take "some personal time" from his lunchtime radio show.
Separately, TV3 which broadcast the show Blind Date presented by Mr Porter, did not broadcast a repeat of the final episode of the show on Saturday night, saying it would be "inappropriate" to do so given the allegations made against him.