“We all make mistakes”: Alan Jones apologises for saying n-word on-air

It’s taken controversial 2GB Breakfast host Alan Jones only a couple hours to back down from the offensive metaphor he used this morning when discussing the current Australian political climate.

Jones chose to use the offensive and woefully outdated phrase “n***** in the woodpile” when describing Peter Dutton challenging his former leader Malcolm Turnbull for Prime Ministership earlier in the week.

The origins of the phrase can be traced back to slavery-era US when it was used to describe slaves that had escaped their owners.

The presenter went on to say, “I’m not going to yield to certain people who tell us that words in the language are forbidden.”

Yet, mere hours later, Jones took to Twitter to apologise for his actions stating, “We all make mistakes. This morning on 2GB and 4BC I spoke about the covert actions of some political operatives in the current leadership challenges within the Liberal Party.

“I used an old and offensive figure of speech that I regret saying. People should be honest and forthright in their actions and that is not happening in the Liberal Party right now.”

Jones also promised to expand on the controversy during his broadcast tomorrow.

See the full tweets below.

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Anonymous
23 Aug 2018 - 2:09 pm

I can’t believe a media personality in 2018 would use such an abhorrent, offensive term on the radio.

Where’s ACMA’s statement in all of this?

Anonymous
23 Aug 2018 - 3:59 pm

Looks like he did yield.

What a disgusting human being. Every single one of his listeners, 2GB staff members and his team should be ashamed to support him.

Steve
24 Aug 2018 - 6:46 pm

Once again the thought and speech police are out of their boxes (as they were on gordon bray). I dont condone what allen said but have a look at what some so called activists for the northern territory first australians said about one of their own who supports Australia day, not a word of protest from the thought police.