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Veteran radio presenter Jeremy Cordeaux sacked for calling Brittany Higgins a ‘silly little girl who got drunk’
A veteran Adelaide radio presenter has been sacked 24 hours after he labelled Brittany Higgins a “silly little girl who got drunk”.
FIVEaa’s Jeremy Cordeaux caused controversy after he criticised Higgins during his Sunday morning breakfast show on FIVEaa.
“This Ms Higgins, Ms Higgins has been called a lightning rod and she’s been given an awful lot of power,” he said on air.
“Whether it’s been given to her by society, the media or a handful of journalists who feel they sway public opinion I don’t know but I just ask myself why the prime minister doesn’t call it out for what it is.
“A silly little girl who got drunk.”
The 75-year-old radio presenter also criticised the security guards who allowed Higgins into Parliament House in Canberra on the night she was allegedly raped by a fellow staffer.
“Security you know should have never let these two into the Minister’s office at 2 o’clock in the morning,” he said.
“Can you imagine security taking someone who was drunk, so drunk I think the young lady said during the week on television she couldn’t get shoes on.
“What are they running there I wonder?”
He went on to say the Prime Minister was “monstered” by Nine Entertaiment’s A Current Affair, when host Tracy Grimshaw grilled Scott Morrison over the ongoing issues that have rocked parliament in recent weeks.
Cordeaux also questioned if Higgins had been raped why the perpetrator hadn’t been arrested.
On air on Monday morning FIVEaa presenter David Penberthy delivered an apology.
“Without reservation whatsoever, FIVEaa and NOVA Entertainment sincerely apologise to Brittany Higgins for the comments made by Jeremy Cordeaux on FIVEaa’s weekend breakfast show on Saturday morning,” he said.
“We acknowledge that the comments were completely inappropriate and offensive.
“The views expressed by Mr Cordeaux do not reflect those held by FIVEaa and NOVA Entertainment, and we unequivocally withdraw them.”
He went on to announce that Cordeaux’s employment had been terminated.
“On behalf of all of us at FIVEaa and NOVA Entertainment, we apologise unreservedly to Ms Higgins,” Penberthy said.