We’ve heard it all before

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It’s been less than a month since Richard Keys and Andy Gray left Sky following their off-air remarks about a female assistant referee, but they’ve already been snapped up by the radio station, talkSPORT.

Whilst some may not be surprised, others have questioned the wisdom of talkSPORT’s decision to employ them so quickly after their embarrassing exit from Sky. When media personalities have courted controversy in the past, there’s usually been a period of rehabilitation and attempts to rebuild reputations – think Richard Bacon after his sacking from Blue Peter – but Keys and Gray have walked into these new positions without the conventional soul-searching and ‘mea culpa’ apologies.

It’s undoubtedly good news for the pair, who must have thought that their careers in broadcasting were now over, but is it a good move for talkSPORT? It’s a station that clearly likes the more contentious presenters – George Galloway hosts an evening programme on it – and this approach can often spark a more entertaining edge when compared to the more play-it-safe pundits on the BBC.

But are we now getting a little bored of ‘outspoken’ and controversial media personalities? Near-the-knuckle remarks may have made great TV when Simon Cowell was first on ‘Pop Idol’ 10 years ago, but isn’t it now getting rather passé? There’s already been a backlash against Jason Gardiner’s snide remarks on ‘Dancing on Ice’ and Jan Moir has also attracted criticism this week for her comments about celebrities tweeting their condolences to Amanda Holden following her miscarriage.

I suppose it’s a bit like having a friend who always makes provocative statements and says outrageous things: at first, it’s exciting because you know they shouldn’t be doing it, but after a while, it’s just dull.