Warren Ryan quits the ABC after scandal

Staff Writer

Warren Ryan has quit the ABC.

The NRL commentator was recently taken off air after allegations he made a racist remark while calling a Sydney Roosters-Canterbury match.

It’s alleged he used the term ‘old darky’.

His offsider David Morrow was also taken off air for finding Ryan’s comment humorous.

Ryan told Fairfax: “The ABC has suspended me pending an investigation, so I have resigned to save them the trouble of conducting it.”

“I have outlined my reasons for not wanting to continue there in a letter to them.”

“As for the injustice done to David Morrow in standing him down, he wasn't even listening when I was comparing a blow-up on the field between the ref and a player to a scene in the film Gone with the Wind,” Ryan said.

“David was busy retrieving other sports results from his smartphone."

“He only rejoined the commentary as I finished describing the humorous movie scene."

“The word used to describe the character was a direct quote from the film. There was no offence intended, so I won't be apologising. It would be insincere," he said.

“Furthermore, there is no appeasing those who are determined to be offended.

“In effect, I've brought forward my intended end of season retirement date.”

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