Sky Sports should replace Andy Gray and Richard Keys with Sooty and Sweep!!

February 1, 2011

The annals of TV history are filled with great comedy double acts – from the sublime Morecambe and Wise and the Two Ronnies to the ridiculous Cannon and Ball and Little and Large; not to forget the loveable Sooty and Sweep and Kermit and Miss Piggy. Andy Gray and Richard Keys have nothing in common with any of the former duos, bar the final one. In essence they are devoid of any sense of irony or humour , rendering them as no more than muppets from the bygone era of the politically incorrect 1970s!!

If Andy Gray and Richard Keys had even shown the modicum of humour displayed very sparingly by Cannon and Ball and Little and Large in the 1970s, they would have got away with their indiscreet remarks. Their disparaging, sexist comments came across as malicious due to a complete lack of humour. For this anachronistic pair, irony is something that you do once the clothes are dry at the end of the washing process!! Or correction, it’s something that women do, as part of their general domestic duties waiting on the man of the house!! They are humourless twirps, who clearly think that women are an inferior sex, who have no part to play in broadcasting and sport, other than for their own titillation and gratification!!

These two misogynists committed the cardinal sin of ignoring the first rule of broadcasting – whether you are in the studio, or doing an outside broadcast, the microphone is never off!! But they forgot an even more vital lesson – however long you have been on television, you should remember how lucky you are to be in that privileged position. And most importantly, as a TV presenter, with privilege comes responsibility – a responsibility to show decorum, humility and wisdom. A media presenter has the responsibility of being a role model.

I don’t think Andy Gray and Richard Keys will be missed in the slightest. They were both low on talent and high on pomposity and arrogance.  Their downfall was caused by their bloated egos and unfounded bombastic self importance. They will be easily replaced by Sky Sport. My vote goes to Sooty and Sweep, who will bring anarchical fun and humour to Sky Football, without offending and alienating Soo the viewer!!

Oh, and one other thing. Andy Gray and Richard Keys might consider in the quieter moments of their enforced retirement, that many men don’t fully understand the off side rule!!

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