Wednesday 13 December 2017

‘I had to have a glass tonight!’ – Richard Keys and Andy Gray mark anniversary since Sky Sports axing

Richard Keys and Andy Gray
Richard Keys and Andy Gray
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Former Sky Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray tonight marked the fifth anniversary of their controversial axing with a drink.

Gray and Keys were both sacked from Sky Sports in 2011 when they were caught making derogatory remarks about female official Sian Massey.

This evening, Keyes tweeted a picture of the pair from his Twitter account.

“Happy Anniversary Andy - 5 years after one of the biggest carve ups in tv history. I had to have a glass tonight!” he wrote.

Sky Sports sacked Gray, the face of the broadcaster’s football coverage for 20 years, after he and Keys were heard on air making offensive remarks about assistant referee Sian Massey prior to a Premier League match.

Believing their microphones were off, Gray said: “Can you believe that? A female linesman. Women don’t know the offside rule.” Keys replied: “Course they don’t.”

Further footage subsequently emerged of Gray making an inappropriate comment to Sky Sports presenter Charlotte Jackson off-air at the Sky studios. Film was also released of Richard Keys teasing his colleague Jamie Redknapp about his wife by using misogynist language about the nature of their relationship.

Keys resigned from his position, whilst Gray was axed. The pair returned as talk show hosts on the radio station talkSPORT, before continuing their television careers at Al Jazeera.

The reaction to the tweet was not surprisingly negative in some quarters.

“The greatest day in broadcasting to get rid of you two clueless dinosaurs!!!,” wrote one commenter.

“I bet you smashed it,” wrote someone else, in reference to the choice language used by Keys during the infamous video.

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