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Richard Keys Video Reveals Sky Sports Presenter Making More Sexist Remarks

A video of Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys was released tonight revealing more sexist remarks made by the man who is at the center of the controversy that ignited Saturday after he and Andy Gray said several sexist comments about female assistant referee Sian Massey.

In the newly released video, Keys discusses one of Jamie Redknapp’s ex-girlfriends. Keys asks Redknapp whether the Sky pundit “smashed it”. Keys continued:

“Mind you, that’s a stupid question, if you were anywhere near it, you definitely smashed it. You could have gone round there any night and found Redknapp hanging out the back of it,” he said, laughing, with his feet on the table and twiddling his thumbs.

The release of the video comes hot on the heels of one released yesterday which features a video of Andy Gray making suggestive remarks to a female Sky presenter. The video was the last straw for Sky Sports, who sacked Gray hours later.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for Keys, the above video puts Sky Sports into a tough position. Since they took such a hard stand with Gray by sacking him, shouldn’t Sky show consistency and sack Keys for similar offenses? After all, in the audio leaked that featured Keys and Gray making sexist comments about Massey and West Ham United vice-chairwoman Karren Brady, it’s Keys who makes the majority of sexist remarks and is easier to hear while Gray is mumbling in the background. But Gray was subsequently found making more sexist remarks, this time with Sky Sports touchline reporter Andy Burton. And then came the aforementioned suggestive remarks by Gray against Charlotte Jackson.

UPDATE: Richard Keys was interviewed Wednesday by TalkSport Radio in the United Kingdom where he explained his side of the story. Listen to that interview now.

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48 Responses to Richard Keys Video Reveals Sky Sports Presenter Making More Sexist Remarks

  1. Bishopville Red says:

    It’s pretty clear to me that Keys and Gray have made more than a few enemies with their behaviour on set. Unfortunately for them, some of the people they’ve pissed off were clever enough to bookmark the right data files and keep them aside. Then, it’s just a matter of waiting their time, keeping tabs on all the asinine things they say, and waiting for them to eventually light the match sufficiently to let the powder keg blew. The Gray “Nail in the coffin” bit was from Christmas? The “smash it” comments from at least December (if not later).

    • The Gaffer says:

      Yep, definitely looks like it was an inside job to frame Gray and Keys… and to let the pictures and audio do the talking. All it would have taken is one person close to them to knock down the “untouchable” Gray (and Keys). Or it could have been more.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Bishopville Red says:

        I don’ t think “framed” is the right word. No set-ups here. They provided all the rope for the hanging. Even made the noose!

        • jbm says:

          Completely agree.

          What they’ve shown is way more than a few sexist comments or jokes, it’s an unprofessional work atmosphere and a lack of respect. The jokes are the result of this.

  2. Nick says:

    I’m sorry, I’m not here to defend Keys as his previous actions were sexist, but Andy Gray could be charged with sexual harassment with some of the video provided thus far, in comparison all Keys is really doing here I think is guy talk. Who hasn’t asked a friend “have you hit that?”

    • Sean says:

      I have to agree with you here Nick.

      While that might not be the ideal setting to partake in a bit of banter, in my eyes, this is nothing more than that.

      Granted, the phrase “smash it” lacks a bit of elegance but, practically everyone (male and female) has asked their mate if they would partake in sexual relations with someone in a hypothetical scenario and did not consider it to be sexist.

      Oddly enough, one might argue that this video actually helps Keys because it is reaching and makes one start to feel sympathy for the guy since it is so clear that someone has a vendetta.

      Gray had to go. Andy just committed too many bookable offences in such a short amount of time. That last video leaked in regards to Mr. Gray was a straight red in my mind.

      As far as Sky is concerned, Keys is only on a yellow due to his part in the Massey conversation. At best, for this he is just going to get a reminder from the match official to watch himself or he will receive another card and be sent off.

      • Joan says:

        Only guy talk? Do you ask your friends if they “hit that” on the air when you are supposed to be working?

        If so then you are behaving as unprofessionally as Keys.

        And the sentence:

        “You could have gone round there any night and found Redknapp hanging out the back of it.”

        is absolutely disgusting. There are no excuses and no “guy talk” excuses there. That is just wayyyy to far. Plus obviously he is on the air supposed to be working. He is not in a locker room somewhere talking to his mates. He should be fired and if he isn’t then that shows that Grey was just fired because of his law suit and not for the remarks.

        • Joe says:

          The thing that makes the clip is offensive is both its combination with everything else we’ve seen of Keys plus the fact that he twice refers to a woman as “it”. At this point I’m willing to bet that whoever is leaking these clips will continue at a pace of one per day until Keys gets the Gray treatment.

        • Dave C says:

          Only guy talk? Do you ask your friends if they “hit that” on the air when you are supposed to be working?

          They weren’t on air. They were “working” only in the sense that they were present at their workplace, but at that time they were having a casual conversation that unfortunately happened to be recorded – they were not actually working (as in broadcasting).

          To me this is no different to any other place. If one of my colleagues made sexist comments such as this in front of the lady involved (or perhaps other ladies), then yeah sure, it’s inappropriate and he should be fired. But if he does so in a relatively private conversation (in the bathroom perhaps), then I think it’s a bit harsh.

          • Bishopville Red says:

            DAVE,

            “But I was only trying to be a sexist pig to my mates!” doesn’t fly.

            Maybe it was not “working” but only “at work”. And maybe it was intended to be a relatively private conversation, but guess what; If you’re mic’ed up and people are recording your every move, NOTHiNG is a private conversation.

            If you were at work and made an “ist” or “phobic” insulting comment only intended for your mates and found out after you said it that your boss was right behind you, would you be in the shit?

            Preeeezactly.

            In this case, it looks like keys doesn’t care who hears what he says, which is no small part why this is such a massive issue.
            If you want to be a tool, you had better pick your spots. If you can’t pick them well, someone else will pick them for you. It’s looking like the spot picked for Keys will be somewhere outside of Sky Studios.

          • Dave C says:

            Bishopville,

            True, they’re idiots for saying anything offensive within earshot/sight of recording equipment, since this stuff always gets leaked by anyone with a grudge. But I still feel sorry for them for being raked over the coals for what was essentially a private conversation (and I have to assume from the way they were talking that there weren’t any ladies present in the studio). And you have to be naive to think that in all-single-gender environment, people don’t say risque things – guys on building sites and garbage trucks say rude stuff amongst themselves, just like I’m sure women in all-female workplaces do too. Keys and Gray are just unfortunate (and stupid) that they got recorded and broadcast.

            ps. I think the other video of Gray saying something to a female presenter about sticking a mic down his pants is totally over the line, and deserves punishment – the key thing being that it was actually said to her.

          • Joan says:

            So according to you Dave it’s ok to say offensive things as long as you don’t say them to the people you are talking about, i.e women, gays, people of other races etc.?

            To me it’s not. It’s not ok to say disgusting things just because the people you are rude about are not in the room.

            And the thing is, this was not an intimate conversation between mates or a guy talk conversation at all. Redknapp and Souness were really just innocently talking about Redknapps girlfriend and then Keys is the one that jumps in with “did you smash it” and then drags the conversation down from there with his “hanging out the back of it” comment. And it’s obvious that the other presenters aren’t amused. Redknapp laughs nervously and Souness kicks Keys. So they certainly are not thinking that they are having some sort of “guy talk” moment. Otherwise everyone would have laughed, but Redknapps and Souness reactions say otherwise.

            Plus they are in a studio full of people and recording equipment. To think that anything said in there is a private conversation is childish.

          • Dave C says:

            Joan, the websitec comment-process won’t let me reply directly to your comment, but here’s what I think about your points:

            So according to you Dave it’s ok to say offensive things as long as you don’t say them to the people you are talking about, i.e women, gays, people of other races etc.?

            Well it depends what you mean by “OK”. Personally, I don’t think it’s a nice way for them to behave, and personally it’s not a way I would behave – as far as I’m aware, I avoid such obviously crude things, whether in public or privately. So in the sense of personal conduct/morals then no I’d say it’s not OK.

            But while I personally think there behaviour is not OK (and like Souness, I would have probably given him a strong hint to quit being so gross), I don’t think it should be a sackable offence.

            I guess the key thing is not whether the subject of the offensive discussion was present to hear it (i.e. the female ref or Redknapp’s ex), but whether anyone present might have been offended. In this case, obviously someone was so they leaked the footage. I suppose the lesson is that you just have to know your environment.

          • Joan says:

            Dave C. Yes someone was offended. But it wasn’t just the person that leaked the tape. Souness was also offended or he wouldn’t have kicked Keyes. Redknapp seemed nervous and his laugh didn’t seem genuine. So he also seemed offended.

            Because, why are we always assuming that every guy is always ok with all “guy talk” or “banter”. Some guys can actually become uncomfortable with the guy talk.

            So I wouldn’t just say that Keys, or any guy that enjoys “guy talk”, should only be careful if women are around. They should also be careful around other guys.

          • Dave C says:

            Joan,
            This is supposed to be a response to your post @January 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm.

            Actually I think we’re pretty close to agreement on this issue.

            When I said the key thing is that people have to know their environment before speaking, and consider whether anyone present might be offended, rather than just the subject of the conversation, that applies here. Keys didn’t consider that Souness*, Redknapp (presumably Gullit too) and the camera crew might be offended. He was extremely dumb on that front, especially since he’s in the broadcasting industry. I didn’t mean he should simply be careful when women are around – he should consider all the other people present.

            I’m actually coming round to the opinion that he has to be fired (and perhaps even deserves to be fired). I still don’t necessarily agree that crude behaviour in itself should be grounds for dismissal, but if it occurs where anyone within earshot may take offence, especially (in the broadcasting industry) if it is recorded and becomes public knowledge, then I guess that IS grounds for dismissal. Especially when the conversation is as crude as Keys.

          • Dave C says:

            Joan, one more thing:
            I included an asterisk (*) in my last post, but forgot to include the footnote that I had intended, so here it is:

            *My interpretation of Souness kicking Keys was not that Souness was necessarily offended more just a case of trying to non-verbally drop a hint to say “Hey Richard, shut up you’re in a room full of recording equipment, you fool!” Of course we’ll never know for sure though.

            On the other hand, Redknapp definitely seems more than a little bit awkward, as you’d expect from a guy hearing his sex-life described in such a vulgar way.

          • Joan says:

            Dave C. I agree that people have to think about the people around them when they sey sexist, racist, homophobic things. Something that Keys obviously didn’t do. Which is why both Redknapp, Souness and now the public are outraged with him. He was not down at the pub surrounded by blokes that think just like him. He was at work, with his co-presenters and surrounded by people and recording equipment. He should have known better.

            And I agree that we will probably never know why Souness kicked Keys. Maybe he did it because he knew that they were being recorded. But my thinking is more that he knew that Keys was being vulgar about Redknapps ex-girlfriend. And that is a big deal. It wasn’t just about Redknapp and his sex life. It was a disgusting way of describing his co-presenters ex-girlfriend (and any woman).By doing that he was not only disrespecting Redknapps ex-girlfriend but he was also disrespecting Redknapp himself. Redknapp dated her, may even have loved her. And might still have loving feelings for her. And then Keys is talking about her in such a disgusting manner? He was wayyy out of bounds and Souness probably knew that.

            That’s my thinking anyway (about Souness kicks). He was telling Keys to back off.

          • Joan says:

            I just noticed that I put an extra “s” in the word kick in the last post, i.e “That’s my thinking anyway (about Souness kicks)”.

            Souness obviously only kicked him once. So it should have been:

            “That’s my thinking anyway (about Souness kick).”

        • Sean says:

          Joan,

          Firstly, as Joe stated, they were not on air. If they were on air, there would have been no need to leak this clip.

          Secondly, being inappropriate does not necessarily mean one should get fired. There are varying degrees of inappropriate behaviour. Like I stated before, his choice of words was far from ideal. Nonetheless, if you heard two people at your workplace engaged in conversation and you heard something along the lines of, “would you sleep with your ex.?” would you feel that person should be fired?

          Personally, I think he should be fired. I do not however think he should be fired because of this piece of footage. Sky gave him a chance after the Massey incident. This clip was not enough to push him over the edge. In light of articles today in The Guardian and New Statesman however, as well as his horror show of an apology on talkSPORT, Sky has no choice but to give him the sack.

          • Joan says:

            Why should someone be fired for saying at the workplace that they would sleep with their ex? Don’t really see what’s offensive about that.

            Keys “hanging out the back of” comments on the other hand were offensive. They were absolutely disgusting and it was clear that the other presenters, i.e Redknapp and Souness were uncomfortable. Souness was so uncomfortable mind you that he kicked Keys. So it was clear that his comments went too far,even for them.

            And obviously he should be fired for his words. Just because he didn’t say them on air doesn’t mean that it’s ok. He said them in a room full or recording equipment while he himself was miked up. No conversation in that setting is private. And he should have known that.

          • Sean says:

            Joan,

            I cannot reply by your most recent comment so I will reply to you here.

            There are words and phrases that take on completely different meanings depending on the context and/or society you find yourself in. A word or phrase that may be construed as unacceptable in one setting can be viewed as acceptable in another because it takes on a completely different meaning.

            Take the word geezer for example. In North America it typically means an old person. In England geezer just means bloke.

            Another example is the n-bomb. In many places in North America use of the word is deemed to be unacceptable. If you read Randall Kennedy’s book on the subject however, you can see that many people use it as a term of endearment.

            Then there is a four letter word that starts with a c. If you use it in North America within earshot of a woman there is a good chance you will get a dirty look at the very least. One quick glance at Wikipedia though, and you will soon realize in many communities around the world, the word is used in a completely different manner and its use is not frowned upon.

            The word f** is yet another example. In North America it is a derogatory word for homosexuals. In England it is slang for a cigarette.

            What you view as offensive is not to many other communities (and vice-versa) because language is fluid and the meanings of things are constantly changing.

          • Joan says:

            Sean. What has “language being fluid” and different meanings of the word “fag” to do with the incidences involving Grey/Keys?

          • Sean says:

            Joan, I am not referencing every incident.

            I am merely referencing the one incident you are continually bringing up.

            What Keys said essentially to Jamie was that if Jamie could he would still have sex with his ex. and Jamie would enjoy it. That is nothing more than banter. His term usage might have offended your sensibilities but, just because it does, does not make it something beyond the level of banter.

          • Joan says:

            Sean. Are you joking? You realize that what terms people use is very important. Or are you saying that it’s ok to say what he said about Redknapps ex because it’s only his “terminology” that is wrong?

            He was offensive and sexist that’s why people are angry. It’s not ok to say “You could have gone round there any night and found Redknapp hanging out the back of it”. And no “language is fluid” and “oh it’s just the way he said it that’s making you angry” excuses are making what he said any more ok.

          • Sean says:

            Joan,

            “You realize that what terms people use is very important.”

            Did you completely ignore the great lengths I went to in order to demonstrate the need to contextualize things in order to understand the true nature of what was said?

            You seem to be getting lost in all the furor surrounding Gray and Keys and have thus accordingly decided to colour anything they have done in the same light.

            Were their comments about women and the offside law sexiest? Yes.

            Were their subsequent comments about Karen Brady sexist? Yes.

            Did Andy Gray go over the line with Charlotte Jackson? Yes.

            Is talking about sex with your mates and using what is at worst a bit of blue language an example of sexism? No.

            “You could have gone round there any night and found Redknapp hanging out the back of it”

            All that means is that Redknapp would have been having sex with her every night of the week. What, is discussing anal sex suddenly sexist? You can see teenagers discuss that on Oprah. I suppose Oprah is sexist as well. Discussing sex is not sexism. Discussing sex is discussing sex.

            Just how pray tell does discussing sex the way they did there even remotely suggest that females are inferior to men? Please tell me. I am just dying to know.

          • Joan says:

            Sean. Are you joking? Are you actually comparing Oprah talking about anal sex on her show and then Keys saying “You could have gone round there any night and found Redknapp hanging out the back of it”?

            Wow. You are seriously reaching.

          • Sean says:

            I am reaching?

            I am still waiting for you to explain how stating that someone would have sex with someone every night of the week suggests that women are inferior to me or demeans women in any way.

        • tonyspeed says:

          Joan, obviously you know nothing about men. Men talk about sex wherever and whenever they want. Work or no work. You can’t understand this because you don’t understand a chemical called testosterone. OFF WITH THIS HEAD!!!

          • Joe says:

            Yes, men probably say boorish things at construction sites. Guess what? Being a television host is a different job than being a construction worker. Unless Keys and Gray plan on submitting their resumes for construction work, their chosen field necessitates squashing the kind of language they used in their work place.

            I’m a teacher, and I accept the fact that people in other professions can say/do things in their work place that I cannot. It’s called being a professional, realizing the expectations of your work environment, and abiding by them. Gray and Keys thought they were bigger than their environment, that the people working underneath them were inferior and had no right to question them or the way they spoke in the office.

            Clearly, they thought wrong.

          • tonyspeed says:

            Yes, me and all the kids learn our life lessons from sports reporters. we look up to them so much. Much in the same way we look up to the characters of sex in the city, jersey shore, real world, gossip girl, that 70′s show, and friends. But sports commentators in particular have taught me some of my greatest life-lessons. Only second to wayne rooney at the massage parlour, c ronaldo and his Nth girlfriend flavour of the month, Deco and his sex at a club, and zidane with his head butt.

          • Bishopville Red says:

            TONYSPEED: Clearly you haven’t spent much time around teenagers or you would see just how much the attitudes and antics of TV are internalized and replicated by kids today.

            It wasn’t a world leather shortage or an increase in gravity that led to the pants halfway down your ass look you can find anywhere among teens.

          • Joe says:

            Who said anything about life lessons Tony? You’re expected to act a certain way in the work place. Andy and Richard did not act in the manner that was expected of professional employees. As a result, they lost their jobs. It literally could not be any simpler.

  3. I was hoping this wouldn’t be brought up. I really hope Liverpool knows to bring their A game tomorrow. I’ve had enough of teams not playing a whole game lately. I might not be able to stand being at work while this is going on. Does anyone know if Stevie is back tomorrow.

  4. Sean says:

    Sorry but after reading this (http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/jan/26/andy-gray-richard-keys-sixist), I do not see how Mr. Keys can keep his job.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Same here. If Keys keeps his job after this article, then people will believe there was some sort of conspiracy to get Gray fired because of the News Of The World lawsuit. I don’t believe it has anything to do with NOTW, but based on the evidence released about Keys, Keys deserves the sack too.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  5. joe says:

    The slow trickle of video leaks here leaves no doubt that someone behind the scenes is having a lot of fun with this. And I say more power to them. Karma’s a bitch, huh Andy and Richard?

  6. Bishopville Red says:

    Perhaps the most damning thing about this clip is that Redknapp remains diplomatic. The “cultured announcer” decided to slide to low behaviour while the “loutish footballer” maintained a level of decorum.

    Redknapp’s reply certainly did not invite further discussion, but Keys decided to stick his other foot in anyway. If for no other reason than he can’t gauge the scene, she should be dismissed.

    Clueless!

    • Dave C says:

      Good point. I wonder if the fact that Redknapp is married to a cute former pop-star (whereas Keys is not) is an illustration of the fact that sometimes nice guys get the girls and bad-boys finish last?

      (Although presumably the fact that Redknapp is a ridiculously pretty boy also worked in his favour.)

      Also, I thought it interesting that in that video, the Glaswegian moustachio-ed former hard-man Graeme Souness (i.e. someone you might assume to be a typical gruff, laddish chauvenist) is the one kicking Keys in the back of the leg, seemingly as a hint to tell him to shut up.

  7. PhillySpur says:

    It’s turning into a real witch hunt. Everyone is outraged. Get a life!

  8. tonyspeed says:

    This is just getting ridiculous. People can’t talk about sex anymore unless it’s gay encounters? I think they need to find whoever is leaking these videos and sack him.

    • Joe says:

      And you continue to fail to grasp the difference between a conversation at a bar and a conversation AT THE WORK PLACE. Based on your comments I imagine you do not currently and possibly never have worked in a professional environment.

  9. richard. no, not THAT richard says:

    psst joan! if you cannot explain why something is sexist, it’s because it isn’t.

  10. King Eric says:

    ridiculous how blown up this has become. this is typical guy talk whether at work or at a pub or whatever. it’s a part of everyday life and happens, big deal. get over it people and relax a bit. on air is one thing obviously, but behind the scenes like this, i mean come on. if i were keys i wouldn’t even have apologized.

  11. slickr says:

    I don’t see the big deal here. They were not aware that the camera was rolling and lets be honest here if you were at any place with few guys just chatting those comments would have been even “worse”.
    Probably doesn’t help that after the match the female referee wears a 15cm transparent skirt and parties all night.

  12. Angela says:

    I just think its a sorry world when a person looses their job over a stupid comment. Whatever next. I just hope she is happy, The problem with this country is that they take a mole hill and make a mountain out of it. For heaven sake just put things into perspective. You get more in this country for theft than murder. No wonder Europe considers this country the laughing stock of Europe. Women have a lot worse things to say about Men and do so openly and nothing is said about that.

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