Popular TV, radio and newspaper personality Jon Gaunt, who has been sacked this week by talkSPORT, said he is ‘bemused’ by the station’s decision but vowed to continue his campaign to give 60,000 children in care a voice.
“I am bemused by their decision particularly as the 48 complaints Ofcom received (last year) were not upheld – indeed they were celebrated by talkSPORT who issued a press release congratulating me for being the most controversial presenter in the country.
“I am particularly disappointed by their decision when I apologised for the incident to both the audience and the councilor. The councilor has accepted my apology and agrees that we all need to focus on the bigger picture.
“I have received tremendous support from hundreds of fans as well as national celebrities following this story and my views remain the same.
“The main issue is not about Jon Gaunt making controversial statements or about him losing his job. It is about the thousands of kids in care who don’t have a voice. So if someone wants to smoke but will offer a child care, why shouldn’t they be allowed to look after children?
“If I have to lose my job and go through a legal battle to be able to stand up for children in care, so be it. I have been there. I know the emotional trauma they are going through. It happened to me when I was in care.
“If I am guilty of anything it is that I have stood by my principles. I regret the words used but not the passion behind them.”
Source: Jon Gaunt official website
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