Sky News Australia fired host Ross Cameron after he called Chinese people “black-haired, slanty-eyed [and] yellow-skinned,” the Guardian reported.
Cameron made his comments on the Oct. 30 broadcast of Outsiders. By Nov. 2, Sky News’ Paul Whittaker said, according to the Guardian, that Cameron’s contract was “terminated,” adding “Sky News is committed to robust discussion and debate, however this language is totally unacceptable and has no place on any of our platforms, nor in modern Australian society.”
Cameron was formerly a member of the Australian House of Representatives.
Cameron called his comments “clumsy” in an interview with radio station 2GB, offered to apologize but claimed his overall comments were “the single strongest defence of the Chinese made by any public figure in Australia for the last several months.”
Sky News Australia upset many viewers this August when it interviewed Blair Cottrell, who has been “inciting contempt against Muslims.” After the network’s interview with him, Sky News Australia’s news director Greg Byrnes admitted in a statement it was “wrong” to interview him and “his views do not reflect ours.”