TV presenter with monkey arms falls on his sword, not literally.
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Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys has resigned over sexist remarks he and colleague Andy Gray made about a female assistant referee.
The football pundits made the comments off-camera before Saturday’s Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool.
The pair were caught criticising the decision to appoint Sian Massey as a referee’s assistant and agreed women “probably don’t know the offside rule”.
Gray was sacked on Tuesday after another offensive incident came to light, this time directed at a female Sky Sports presenter.
The 55-year-old apologised for his comments and said he was “devastated by losing the job that I love”.
Later in a statement Keys said he was “deeply sorry” for the remarks and any offence caused.
“It was wrong and should not have happened. I have thought long and hard and reached the decision that it is time to move on,” he said.
I have thought long and hard and reached the decision that it is time to move on. Going forward without Andy would have been almost impossible.
“I am and will remain proud of our work with football at Sky Sports and grateful to the many people who have worked with me.” (Sky Sports)
An end of an era or right time for a change? There is no doubting that Messrs Gray and Keys have been part of a historical age in the game and for it all to end in this manner is a little bizarre to say the least. Wonder who Sky Sports will bring in to replace the pair?