Ex-Triple M pundit Barry Hall struggling to make ends meet after on-air “cock up”
Axed AFL commentary Barry Hall has opened up about his financial struggles since losing his job at Triple M.
Speaking in a preview clip for this Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes, the former AFL star admitted he and wife, former Hi5 star Lauren Brant, are struggling to make ends meet.
“The thing is now, we’ve got no income now,” he said.
“There’s no real light at the end of the tunnel of when that will change or when that will be.”
Hall also admitted the “off the cuff comment” was “inappropriate for air.
“It shouldn’t have been on air. It’s a big cock up.”
Hall’s comments were made about the pregnant partner of former St Kilda player Leigh Montagna during the pre-game coverage of the Western Bulldogs-Geelong clash.
Within minutes, Hall was sacked by Triple M’s head of content Mike Fitzpatrick, who issued a statement.
“Tonight on Triple M Football there were unacceptable and inappropriate comments made by a member of the commentary team.
“The commentator was removed immediately from the broadcast and an apology was issued on air afterwards.
“Immediate action was taken with the termination of employment for one team member.”
At the time prominent media personalities including Tracey Spicer and Meshel Laurie weighed in, commending Triple M for taking swift action and discussing the deeper problem with AFL culture.
Meanwhile Crocmedia boss Craig Hutchison said it was unfair to blame Hall’s co-commentators following the incident.
The full Hall interview airs this Sunday on 60 Minutes.