Sexism scandal pair offered reprieve

Axed Sky duo set for radio return

February 8, 2011

Former Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys have been signed up by talkSPORT to host a daily show on the radio station.

Richard Keys and Andy Gray were caught making off-air comments
GettyImagesRichard Keys and Andy Gray were caught making off-air comments

The pair, who were involved in the Sky Sports sexism row, will host a three-hour show on Monday through to Friday on the commercial speech station.

Gray said: "I can't tell you how excited I am about joining the talkSPORT team. It's an ideal opportunity for Richard and me to do what we do best, and that's talk about sport.''

Keys said: "This is the start of something new and exciting for Andy and myself. We are delighted to be joining the talkSPORT family and can't wait to get going.''

Keys resigned and Gray was fired over a sexism row involving off-air remarks about assistant referee Sian Massey and West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady.

The appointment may not come as a surprise to many, as Keys went on talkSPORT to apologise publicly for his remarks.

He told the radio station last month: "Our prehistoric banter is not acceptable in a modern world. We were wrong. It was wrong. It shouldn't have happened.''

He spent around an hour on-air apologising for making sexist remarks about Massey on January 22. The pair believed their microphones had been switched off when they were heard questioning if Massey understood the offside rule.

Keys resigned from his job fronting Sky Sports' football coverage after days of controversy which had also seen the sacking of his colleague Gray.