After being off-air Tuesday and Wednesday, Sean Plunket has parted company with New Zealand’s Magic Talk.
This afternoon, MediaWorks chief executive Cam Wallace issued a statement saying Plunket “has decided to leave”.
“I would like to thank him for his significant contribution to the station,” Wallace said. “Sean has engaged his audience with many vibrant discussions, and I wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”
An update on who will host the afternoon show on Magic Talk is yet to be made.
Plunket’s departure from the station appears to be linked to the onair controversy surrounding his stand-in, John Banks.
While Plunket was on leave, Banks endorsed the views of a caller who described Māori as a “stone age people with a stone age culture”, and in the ensuing uproar he was replaced, and Wallace announced that the fill-in announcer will never get another job with the company while he is CEO.
Sean Plunket appeared to be supporting Banks in a tweet he released.
Been fighting the urge to tweet “anyone else feeling for John Banks.
— Sean Plunket (@SeanPlunket) January 28, 2021