Radio star sacked over Brittany slur

 

Veteran radio broadcaster Jeremy Cordeaux, who called Brittany Higgins a "silly girl who got drunk" and questioned her story, has been sacked.

The award-winning host was branded a "dinosaur" online over the appalling comments on air on FIVEaa over the weekend about the alleged rape at Parliament House in 2019.

"I just ask myself why the prime minister doesn't call it out for what it is. A silly little girl who got drunk," Cordeaux said at 6.26am during his weekend breakfast show.

"If this girl has been raped, why hasn't the guy who raped her been arrested? Apparently everyone knows his name."

Jeremy Cordeaux at his Adelaide home. Picture: Matt Turner.
Jeremy Cordeaux at his Adelaide home. Picture: Matt Turner.

Mr Cordeaux also said that he couldn't work out why security guards let the pair into Defence Minister Linda Reynolds office.

"Security, you know, should never have let these two into the minister's office at two o'clock in the morning. Never," Cordeaux said.

"The defence minister. Can you imagine security taking someone who was obviously drunk, so drunk I think that the young lady, during the week on television, said she couldn't get her shoes on.

"My advice to the prime minister - as he was sort of monstered by A Current Affair - my advice would be to stop worrying about offending somebody."

Former federal MP Kate Ellis said Mr Cordeaux's characterisation of Ms Higgins was "nasty".

"This sort of garbage is one of the reasons so few survivors of sexual assault ever speak up and it is the kind of victim blaming that belongs in centuries past," Ms Ellis said.

"I don't want to hear these ignorant, incorrect and mean comments anywhere in our community, let alone broadcast on our radio stations. Frankly I don't see how he can keep his job."

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Brittany Higgins alleges she was raped by a colleague inside Defence Minister Linda Reynolds’ office.
Brittany Higgins alleges she was raped by a colleague inside Defence Minister Linda Reynolds’ office.

 

 

On Monday morning, Ms Ellis' husband David Penbenthy, the weekday breakfast presenter in Adelaide, read out an apology to Ms Higgins.

"Without reservation whatsoever, 5AA and Nova entertainment sincerely apologises to Brittany Higgins for the comments made by Jeremy Cordeux on 5AA weekend breakfast show,'' he said.

"We acknowledge that the comments were completely inappropriate and offensive. Mr Cordeaux's employment has been terminated and 5AA and Nova Entertainment have taken action to ensure this can never happen again."

Earlier this month, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds apologised to Ms Higgins for calling her a "lying cow" and made a confidential damages payout that was donated to charity.

She did not lose her job and the Prime Minister is expected to retain her in cabinet in the reshuffle.

She is expected to move to a new portfolio.

 

Jeremy Cordeaux was fired. Picture: Matt Turner.
Jeremy Cordeaux was fired. Picture: Matt Turner.

 

Who is Jeremy Cordeaux?

 

Cordeaux began his career in radio in 1962, at the age of 16, and held many roles, including 2GB's breakfast presenter in 1974.

He moved to Adelaide in 1976 and hosted The Court of Public Opinion on 5DN for almost 30 years. He retired from 5DN in 2004 but returned to radio with FIVEaa in 2014.

He moved to weekend breakfast at the start of this year after five years as Adelaide's leading evenings broadcaster.

Cordeaux also had a career in television and was best known for his role as host of Australian dating show Blind Date in 1970.

He also anchored the Adelaide edition of Seven News, alongside Graeme Goodings, and hosted his own show on Adelaide community station on Channel 44.

Cordeaux became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for service to the broadcasting industry, and was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame at the 2015 Australian Commercial Radio Awards.

Originally published as Radio star sacked over Brittany slur

Brittany Higgins at the Women's March 4 Justice Rally in Canberra. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
Brittany Higgins at the Women's March 4 Justice Rally in Canberra. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage

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