A bizarre foul-mouthed rant at a charity function last week has seen Sky News and Fox Sports presenter Greg Thomson stood down from the broadcaster.
“Greg Thomson was taken off air and suspended immediately pending an investigation,” a Sky News spokesperson told The New Daily.
He was hosting a $270-a-head charity lunch for disability support group Inala at Sydney’s Four Seasons on July 13 when he unleashed in front of 400 corporate guests.
Footage of the incident of Thomson swearing at and berating the audience before being relieved of his microphone was obtained by talkback radio station 2GB.
“Can everyone shut up?” an increasingly agitated Thomson shouts at the crowd in the video.
“Shut your mouth. Put your manners back in and shut up.”
In 2005, Tom Cruise made international headlines when he told reporter Peter Overton to “put your manners back in” during a 60 Minutes interview.
On the footage, Thomson is heard telling one table “your behaviour has been disgraceful” and to “pull your finger out” before commanding them to “shut the hell up.”
To cries of “shame” and a chorus of loud boos, he asks the crowd, “are you adults or not?”
After Thomson threatens to “say a word that isn’t very ladylike”, another man approaches, seemingly to intervene.
When he tells Thomson “everyone just wants to have a drink”, the MC urges the audience to “scull” with him.
“Who wants to scull with Greggo?” he asks.
“No-one,” calls one woman. “Get him off,” yells another.
An organiser then steps in: “I think it’s probably time to wrap things up.”
It has been reported that Thomson was not paid for his work at the event and had volunteered his time.
The subscription-TV network did not give The New Daily an indication of how long its investigation into Thomson’s conduct would take.
Inala did not respond to calls for comment on what happened at their event.
Originally from Brisbane, Thomson began his media career at age 19 in 2007, working for regional TV stations before moving to Canberra as sports editor and presenter at WIN Television.
Five years ago he moved to Melbourne to join Sky News but lasted less than a year before working as a freelancer for Seven News, Nine News and A Current Affair.
According to reports, he re-joined Sky News in October 2015 as sports presenter on Sunday Edition before becoming co-anchor of Saturday Edition and Sunday Edition this year.
He also reports for sister station Fox Sports News.
Earlier this month Thomson was praised for venting on film, when he called the Boomers’ basketball brawl “disgraceful”.
Social media users called him “passionate” and “spot on”.
The day after his Inala outburst in Sydney, Thomson MCed a sports function for NRL team the Manly Warringhah Sea Eagles and later gave a shout out to the “respectful and fun” corporate crowd.
— Greg Thomson (@Thomson_Greg) July 14, 2018