Alan Jones’ final warning: Radio boss threatens to FIRE shock jock after he told the prime minister to ‘shove a sock down Jacinda Ardern’s throat’
- Shock jock Alan Jones has been warned that he could be fired following offence
- Jones said Scott Morrison should ‘shove a sock’ down Jacinda Ardern’s throat
- He has since written a letter of apology to the New Zealand Prime Minister
- He was speaking about Ms Ardern pressuring Australia about climate change
Shock jock Alan Jones has been told he will be fired if there is a repeat of offensive comments he made about New Zealand’s prime minister.
The controversial broadcaster on Thursday criticised Jacinda Ardern after she said ‘Australia has to answer to the Pacific’ on climate change at a forum in the island nation of Tuvalu.
Jones said Ms Ardern was a ‘joke’ for preaching about climate change and said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison should ‘shove a sock down her throat’.
Shock jock Alan Jones has been told he will be fired if there is a repeat of offensive comments he made about New Zealand’s prime minister
Jones said Ms Ardern was a ‘joke’ for preaching about climate change and said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison should ‘shove a sock down her throat’
Alan Jones has apologised to NZ Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern (pictured Adam Lang, Chief Executive Officer at Macquarie Media Limited)
Macquarie Media chairman Russell Tate said the comments had caused offence to many people but that Jones has publicly apologised for them.
The breakfast radio host recognised his comments were ‘careless, unnecessary and wrong’ and ‘should have been more clearly thought out’, Mr Tate said.
‘He indicated that he had apologised sincerely to Prime Minister Ardern for any offence given, and had certainly not intended to suggest any harm through his comments,’ the chairman said in a statement on Saturday night.
‘Notwithstanding his apologies, I have today discussed the matter with Alan and advised him that any recurrence of commentary of this nature will result in the termination of his contract.’
Macquarie Media recently re-signed Jones on a multi-million dollar contract for another two years.
Several advertisers on 2GB, including ME Bank, Snooze and Bing Lee, have indicated they intend to pull advertising from Jones’ breakfast following his comments about Ms Ardern.
During the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu – an island in the South Pacific – Ardern warned that the Morrison government ‘will have to answer to the Pacific’ on global warming
Ms Ardern herself brushed off the remarks.
‘I don’t know that I’m going to give that the light of day, that comment. I think I’ll just leave it where it is,’ she said.
Mr Morrison, meanwhile, said Jones had gone too far.
‘I find that very disappointing and of course that’s way out of line,’ he told reporters on Thursday.
Jones also wrote a letter of apology to Ms Ardern following furious backlash earlier this week.
‘Prime Minister, I would like to assure you that I did not intend to suggest any violence towards you,’ he wrote in an email to Ardern on Friday afternoon.
Jones also wrote a letter of apology to Ms Ardern following furious backlash earlier this week
The apology comes after Jones took to the airwaves on Wednesday saying: ‘I just wonder whether Scott Morrison is going to be fully briefed to shove a sock down her throat.’
‘I just wonder whether Scott Morrison is going to be fully briefed to shove a sock down her throat,’ he said.
‘She is a joke this woman, an absolute and utter lightweight. These people are an absolute joke and Jacinda Ardern is the biggest joke.’
He later called her a ‘hypocrite’ and ‘gormless’ for her decision to exclude agriculture from New Zealand’s carbon-neutral pledge.
Ms Ardern has pledged New Zealand will be carbon-neutral by 2050, but has not included agriculture or methane in that figure.
Together, they contribute about half of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
‘I used the language earlier on and, forgive it, but this is the farting and burping livestock, 50 per cent,’ he said.
‘So when is Jacinda Ardern going to start culling the dairy herds in New Zealand?’