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Gray and Keys in radio comeback after sexism row

AFP, LONDON

Former Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys, who lost their jobs last month amid a sexism scandal, have been signed up to present a radio show on talkSPORT, the station said on Tuesday.

The pair will host a three-hour show every weekday on the British commercial speech station starting on Monday, it was revealed, just two weeks after the presenters left Sky in disgrace.

Their appointment comes after Keys spent nearly an hour on talkSPORT to apologize for his remarks last month.

“It’s an ideal opportunity for Richard and me to do what we do best, and that’s talk about sport,” Gray said.

Keys added that it was “the start of something new and exciting for Andy and myself.”

“Andy and Richard are iconic broadcasters with massive TV careers who I know will have an impact on national radio, so it’s great for the industry,” said Moz Dee, talkSPORT program director.

The sexism scandal erupted last month after details emerged of an off-air conversation between the men, in which they disparaged lineswoman Sian Massey.

The men said she was unlikely to know the offside rule as she prepared for a Premier League match between Wolves and Liverpool.

Former Everton and Scotlabd striker Gray lost his job, for which he was reportedly paid £1.7 million (US$2.7 million) a year, after the comments about Massey emerged.

His dismissal was also the result of a similar incident in December over a lewd comment made to Sky Sports News presenter Charlotte Jackson.

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