Marty Sheargold dropped his gardening tools and dashed inside his $2.3million country estate when he was spotted on Wednesday morning after taking ‘personal leave’ following bad behaviour at the AFL Grand Final.
In photos exclusively obtained by Daily Mail Australia, the Triple M breakfast host looked lost in thought as he did a spot of gardening at his sprawling property in the Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne.
However the 52-year-old comedian was quick to take off through the bushes and retreat into his five-bedroom home before refusing to answer his door when approached by a Daily Mail Australia reporter.
Last week Triple M was thrown into chaos when Sheargold took an unexpected absence from the airwaves.
The radio star’s departure from the show follows reports he was ejected by security at the footy match due to a number of offensive comments he made to other guests at a corporate event.
Marty Sheargold does some gardening at his $2.3million country estate in the Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne after taking ‘personal leave’
Sheargold retreated inside his property and refused to answer the door to a Daily Mail Australia journalist
Several guests made complaints about Sheargold allegedly acting badly, which led organisers to ask him to leave the MCG, however Triple M’s parent company Southern Cross Austereo says he left at halftime ‘on his own accord’.
‘Marty is taking personal leave to spend some more time with family. He will be back on air again soon,’ they said.
Whispers over his sudden disappearance from the Triple M dominated radio industry talks.
Sheargold’s producer Loren Barry was in Sydney on Saturday night as one of the hosts of the ACRA Awards.
She told The Herald Sun that Sheargold would be back, assuring the show’s listeners that ‘everything is fine’.
‘He is just taking some time, he is just spending some time with his family, but we are all good,’ Barry said.
‘Everything is fine. We will be back.’
Triple M breakfast was thrown into a whirlwind of speculation last week when Marty Sheargold took an unexpected absence from the airwaves following alleged bad behaviour at the AFL Grand Final
The radio star was seen trimming the hedges of the property he owns in the Dandenong Ranges
The radio star’s departure from the show follows reports he made a number of offensive comments to other guests at a corporate event at the AFL Grand Final
She also shone a light on the gruelling life behind the microphone, stating ‘working in breakfast radio you just get really tired. It is a very tiring job’.
The Marty Sheargold Show rated 5.8 in the most recent radio survey, placing it in eighth spot in the Melbourne breakfast radio market.
Marty also stars in the ABC sitcom Fisk, which was picked up by Netflix and has taken off in the UK and US.
Marty, far right, is pictured with Tim Blackwell and Kate Ritchie at the ACRAS in 2016