Belfast Telegraph

Keys 'deeply sorry' for comments

Sky Sports anchorman Richard Keys has apologised for his part in the sexism furore that has cost fellow presenter Andy Gray his job.

Keys and Gray were reprimanded by Sky after making disparaging remarks about female assistant referee Sian Massey at the weekend, with Gray sacked after a video clip emerged showed him making inappropriate remarks to another Sky presenter, Charlotte Jackson.

Keys' position is also under pressure and speaking outside his home, he told ITV News: "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."

Keys reiterated his apology in an interview with talkSPORT, adding: "What we said was wrong. There is no place for it in a modern workplace."

Keys was clearly frustrated that his telephone apology to Massey was not made public until Monday evening, rather than Sunday afternoon, when he made the call.

He revealed he had tried to call Karren Brady on Sunday, but could not get through and despite sending a text, did not get a reply.

Gray, whose contract with Sky Sports was terminated on Tuesday, said in a statement released through his solicitors: "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."


From Belfast Telegraph