The latest instalment in the war that has become Good Game‘s fallout with presenter Jeremy ‘Junglist’ Ray, sees the former co-host sticking to his guns, but attempting to smooth the waters too.
In an interview with ABC Online he maintains he was told that he was going to be replaced by a woman because the ABC wanted the video gaming show to garner “mass appeal”.
“There were comments made in that meeting that it would be great if the audience assumed, seeing as there is only four or five weeks left in the season, that I was sick or on holiday and that this whole thing was my idea,” he said.
“It was even suggested [at a different time], that I say on air that I’m going back to the States, which I found a little offensive because I’m an Australian citizen.”
But in thanking his fans for their suppost, he also says he is ready to move on.
“I don’t want to be at war with people,” he said.
“I don’t want to get into a mudslinging match with the ABC.”
Ray confirms there were issues over how long he was taking to review games.
“There was a view that a review should be finished within the 10-hour production day period,” he said.
“I explained at times as a reviewer, you like to have a bit more time.
“You wouldn’t tell David Stratton to review all of his movies in one hour and when he refuses to, then publicly blast his reviewing ability.
“It probably played more of a factor in who they chose to replace me with, rather than the actual replacement.”
Ray also said new presenter Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen ‘presented quite well.’
“All these people on the forums are saying it will be the death of the show. The show will go on.
“I’m not arrogant enough to think I’m the best person to present the show or write reviews for the show. I’m willing to accept that my replacement might be better.”
His departure, which will go down as one of the year’s most fumbled exits alongside Mark Ferguson from Nine, spawned a flood of online complaints and social media sites supporting him.
Last week the ABC cited his removal saying his performance issues were severely impacting the quality and smooth-running of the show. It had previously indicated it wanted to refresh the format.