Triple M footy presenter Anthony Maroon has addressed the shock moment he stormed off set after becoming "fed up" with jokes at his expense, from his radio colleagues.
Maroon, who hosts Triple M's weekend NRL program in Sydney, walked off mid-show on Sunday after being bombarded by questions over allegedly taking cash jobs on the side.
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Amid much laughter, panellists Gorden Tallis, Paul Kent and James Hooper all took turns at firing pot shots at Maroon, who repeatedly threatened to divulge secrets about the trio's off-air lives if they didn’t stop bringing up his alleged cash payments.
After revealing that he'd asked his colleagues to stop making jokes at his expense on numerous occasions, Maroon spectacularly walked off set, leaving Kent to anchor the program.
Speaking about the ugly incident before Triple M’s coverage of Canberra’s win over the Bulldogs on Friday night, Maroon thanked his supporters after insisting the barbs from his colleagues "went too far".
“If we have to mention it, I was a little bit upset. An incident occurred here last weekend,” Maroon said.
“Obviously I thought it went too far so I took off out of the studio.
“I just want to say thanks so much to the support of all the listeners who have bothered to stop me in the street and wish me all the best.
“I was at a function today with the boys and I got a similar reception which was absolutely wonderful.
“Not only that, I don’t need to say this, but Triple M management have checked in on me everyday and made sure I need what I need to get through these times, which is probably why I’ve spent most of my career here, and I’m very grateful to them.
“It’s onwards and upwards.”
Maroon's fellow Triple M colleague and NRL great Ryan Girdler added: “We’re glad you’re doing well, mate, and happy to have you back on deck.”
Triple M had issued a statement earlier in the week to say the issue was being dealt with "internally'.
“On Sunday 1 May, during Triple M’s NRL broadcast, the on air team Anthony Maroon, Gordon Tallis, Paul Kent and James Hooper had a disagreement which led to Maroon leaving the broadcast. SCA is managing the issue internally," the statement said.
Anthony Maroon storms off set after jokes from colleagues
Maroon's on-air walkout came after colleague James Hooper made a joke about the Australian Taxation Office and alleged cash payments.
“Hang on a minute, there is some breaking news here, I just got a text message,” Hooper started. “Hello this is the ATO, the Australian Taxation Office, we have an inquiry.
Maroon hit back by referring to Hooper losing his driver’s licence: “I don’t have a problem with the ATO, I welcome it mate but I am just wondering when are you going to be back on the road Hoops?”
The veteran radio presenter then revealed that he was "fed up" with the jokes about him and said he had made that abundantly clear to his colleagues.
"I have asked you on air, I have asked you off air, I have asked you to stop and now I have told you I am hitting back. If I have got to cop it every week for five years, let’s have it out on air. This is absolute bulls***. We might get a walkout.
“Let’s keep going boys because when it comes to you three, I live a very boring life. I am blowing up because I am sick to death of it. Now I have known for three years you have not had a licence and I have not said anything on air. I have warned you 15 times, I don’t like this. I have been on air for 32 years, I am a professional. This particular issue I have probably raised on air and off air, I don’t know, 100 times. I have even sent emails to the powers that be … nothing. It never stops.”
Hooper added: “You know the more you ask us to stop it, the funnier it gets.”
Maroon finished: “Mate, I don’t think it is funny, it has already caused me a lot of grief. I am not putting up with it anymore. I don’t like it. I have asked many, many times for it to stop. I am saying here and now, I am not even joking … I tell you what, I will leave you guys with it, OK.”
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