SKY News has sacked presenter John Mangos after comments made during Paul Murray Live two weeks ago were labelled as racist.
Mangos had presented a news item about a man in China who won a big lottery payout but disguised himself as Spiderman when accepting the cheque to conceal his identity.
Mangos told Paul Murray, “I don’t know why he bothered. I mean, I can tell you now — he’s Chinese. He’s got straight black hair and he’s got squinty eyes and yellow skin.”
A speechless Murray then replied, “That would be a very rough description.”
Mangos later apologised saying, “On the Paul Murray program last night I made some off-the-cuff remarks about a Chinese lottery winner.
“The remarks were meant to be light-hearted and under the pressure of live TV my words were poorly chosen. In hindsight I can see they could offend and I apologise unreservedly for what I said.
“I am an Australian of overseas background myself and I am sorry for causing offence to anyone.”
Mangos was subsequently suspended but The Australian today reports that SKY CEO Angelos Frangopoulos had a lengthy telephone conversation with him about not renewing his contract and that it is an amiable parting after 15 years of “fantastic work”.
Frangopoulos and Mangos both denied he was sacked via a text message which referred to email advice.
Mangos has given media a letter of support from the Chinese community which note his support in raising funds for business associations, and compering private functions for the Chinese community.