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Joe Bill, Features Reporter
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Former Sky sports duo drop national tour.
FAMOUS sports broadcasters Richard Keys and Andy Gray have had to cancel their national theatre tour due to poor ticket sales.
The pair were set to host a talk show at the Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre next week but have had to cancel at the last minute.
Keys and Gray left their positions as the Sky Sports anchormen in January after a sexism row involving a female referee.
And the cancellation of the gigs will no doubt come as a shock to Richard Keys who had previously told KOS Media of the support both he and Gray had received since their acrimonious departure from the television station.
He said: “I didn’t think we would get anything like the sort of support we have. I went missing for three weeks because it was a very difficult period, but the support from men and women in the street has been touching.
“It started to help the process of getting back on the horse, which wasn’t an easy one. We have had no confrontations. None. Absolutely, not one. Not one disparaging word or comment.”
The show was going to involve stories of their past and present as well as an intriguing question and answer session.
Before the cancellation, Richard Keys said: “I am not preparing anything. I am sure there will be some difficult questions and I will be able to offer up some honest and genuine answers. There will obviously be some things that I cannot talk about because there are some matters that are confidential still.
“Some of the stories we have told before on air and many we haven’t because we haven’t been able to. This scenario allows us to do that.
“After the break we will come back and take questions. We won’t filter them or duck them; we will take whatever there is.”
The pair now host a mid-morning chat show on TalkSport radio as they begin to try and rebuild their careers.
He said: “Talksport went out on a limb because at that time we were fairly toxic. They have been really good to us and it is a great place to work.
Richard Keys has also taken up a role on boxing promoter Frank Warren’s new television channel, BoxNation.
Keys added: “I would be lying if I said I haven’t missed it (at Sky) because I have. But I am very much looking forward to returning to how I started at Sky, presenting at ringside. ‘I am not gone yet’, would be a good phrase to use.”
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