2GB radio host sacked by Sky and Nine for allegedly treating drunken women

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Broadcaster Chris Smith has been sacked by Sky News Australia as well as Nine Entertainment after he allegedly treated drunken women at a Sydney venue after a Sky News Christmas party.

Hours after Nine sacked the 2GB broadcaster, Sky News chief executive Paul Whittaker followed suit, saying Smith’s contract had been terminated due to allegations of “gross misconduct”.

“Following an investigation into allegations of gross misconduct, we have today advised Chris Smith that his contract with Sky News Australia has been terminated due to inappropriate behavior which breaches his contract and company policy. company,” Whittaker said.

This is the second time Smith has been fired by Nine for inappropriate behavior with female co-workers.

Twenty-four years ago, Smith was sacked as chief of staff of A Current Affair after exposing himself to female colleagues in the Nine conference room after a farewell lunch.

The recent incident involved inappropriate behavior towards Sky colleagues at the Establishment, an upmarket bar in Sydney’s CBD, after Sky’s party at the Ivy.

Nine’s radio general manager Tom Malone said: “Chris’ behavior represents a serious breach of his contract and is not aligned with 2GB’s values.”

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Smith has managed to resurrect her career on several occasions after inappropriate behavior dating back to the 1998 Channel Nine incident.

After a stint in China on English-language radio, Smith was rehired by Nine as a newsreader. But in 2009, he was sacked on 2GB after he allegedly groped a co-worker at a Christmas party.

Nine’s decision to fire Smith on Tuesday came after fellow 2GB member Ray Hadley said he shouldn’t return to the station’s airwaves.

“What happened at the Christmas party last weekend is not a wake-up call,” Hadley told listeners. “He was fired in 2009 for his performance at a Christmas party – I don’t think he should ever come back to our network.”

Related: Sky News host Chris Smith apologizes for ‘humiliating’ behavior at Christmas party

Hadley’s sentiments echoed those of Sky News presenters Andrew Bolt and Rita Panahi, who said on their Monday night programs he was not expected to return.

Bolt told viewers that Smith allegedly “got drunk and groped one woman and proposed several others.”

The News Corp columnist and broadcaster said “he’s done it before, long before we gave him another chance” and “I’m amazed he drinks at parties.”

“Chris, I wish you the best in overcoming what you say is your addiction and your bipolar state, but your recovery has to happen somewhere else, not here,” Bolt said.

“Good luck but goodbye”.

Panahi: “What he did on Saturday night, what he made a number of women feel like, means that in my opinion, he can never be on this network again.”

Smith apologized on Monday for his “humiliating” behavior, citing alcoholism and mental health issues for his inappropriate conduct.

“I am beyond disgusted and devastated to know that I upset my co-workers after our Christmas party,” Smith said.

“I apologize profusely to the women I have upset. They are not the man I am at work, as they will all attest. They have been so supportive and don’t deserve such drunken treatment .

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