2GB have sacked Chris Smith following complaints about his alleged behaviour towards several women after the Sky News’ Christmas party at the weekend.
Only yesterday Smith had said that he was both “devastated” and “beyond gutted” to have upset colleagues, and that he was now receiving professional help for alcohol abuse.
He said, “I have a recurring problem with alcohol … it sends me manic.
“I apologise profusely to the women I upset. That’s not the man I am at work ever, as they will all attest. They have been so supportive to me and do not deserve such drunken treatment.”
Nine Radio and Tom Malone released the following statement today
2GB has today terminated the services of broadcaster Chris Smith.
The termination follows the Sky News Christmas party at the weekend, where Chris
has conceded his behaviour was unacceptable, “apologising profusely” for his
“drunken treatment” of women.
Nine’s Managing Director of Radio, Tom Malone said: “Chris’ behaviour represents a serious breach of his contract, and is not aligned with the values of 2GB.”
Nine has provided support to Chris in recent days, and will continue to offer that
support as required.
Sky News boss Paul Whittaker joined 2GB in terminating Chris Smith’s contract saying, “Following an investigation into allegations of serious misconduct, we have today advised Chris Smith that his contract with Sky News Australia has been terminated as a result of inappropriate behaviour that is in breach of his contract and company policy.”