TV and radio host Chris Smith has been fired from his jobs at 2GB and Sky News after issuing a grovelling apology over his “drunken” behaviour at the Sky News Christmas party.

Smith, 60, allegedly made lewd comments while intoxicated at the party in Sydney where he reportedly left a colleague in tears.

After the “serious allegations” were raised with bosses, both Sky and 2GB terminated Smith from his contracts.

Smith had been due to fill in for Ben Fordham on 2GB this week and had reportedly been preparing for the show when he was suspended.

Just a week earlier he had celebrated 22 years at 2GB.

On Tuesday, Tom Malone – Managing Director of Nine Radio, which owns 2GB – told the Sydney Morning Herald that Smith’s contract had been terminated.

“Chris’ behaviour represents a serious breach of his contract, and is not aligned with the values of 2GB,” he said.

In a statement Sky News Australia CEO Paul Whittaker said said Smith’s contract with the broadcaster had also been terminated due to allegations of “serious misconduct”.

“Following an investigation into allegations of serious misconduct, we have today advised Chris Smith that his contract with Sky News Australia has been terminated as a result of inappropriate behaviour that is in breach of his contract and company policy”, Whittaker said.

 

“We continue to offer support to affected staff members whose welfare remains our primary concern.”

 

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In a statement to the Daily Telegraph on Monday, Smith had said he was “beyond gutted and devastated” to know he had “upset” his colleagues.

“I apologise profusely to the women I upset,” he said.

“That’s not the man I am at work, ever, as they will all attest. They have been so supportive to me and do not deserve such drunken treatment.

“I have a recurring problem with alcohol… it sends me manic,” Smith – who is married to respected nutritionist Susie Burrell – went on.

“I am in a facility receiving professional help to deal conclusively with my abuse of alcohol and solve this once and for all, without qualification… it can and will be done,” he said.

“I am also terribly upset about humiliating myself with people I respect and admire. I have been blessed to call them close colleagues.

“I pride myself on my professionalism and work ethic but I have dropped the ball and embarrassed many people including those I love most – my family. I am very sorry.”

It’s not the first time Smith has been accused of inappropriate conduct at a Christmas party.

In 2009 he was accused of harassing four female colleagues at the 2GB staff party.

At the time, Smith said he was drunk on champagne and red wine and “loaded on the wrong antidepressants”.

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