A Statement

Firstly, I’m 100% positive that my resigning from a 5 minute comment spot on Breakfast had nothing to do with Paul’s decision. Secondly, I’ve always stated that my issue was with his comments, not with Paul as a person or a professional (neither of which I’m in any way qualified to comment on). His decision to resign a full-time paid position is hugely more significant than my own, and I’m sure anyone would be horrified if they had to do the same.

Despite all of this, the publicity surrounding the event has allowed many New Zealanders to voice their opinions about race. I’m heartened that the overwhelming majority understand that our vibrant, multicultural society is part of what makes this such a wonderful country. There is no single skin colour or accent that defines a “real New Zealander”.

Now that Paul has left TVNZ, if I should be invited to return to the Breakfast show, I would be happy to do so. However, I appreciate that they may have already set in place alternative plans.

As with the original furore, I’m not going to discuss this in the media, nor make any further comment.

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63 Comments

  1. I hope they bring you back on man! It’s so silly to lose a morally upstanding individual such as yourself over some wanker with loose lips.

  2. Hi Ben

    In a week that has put what it means to be a “New Zealander” under the spotlight and at times made me cringe to be one, you’ve made me proud to be a New Zealander. Thanks for your integrity, Ben.

    1. The G G does not look like a New Zealander.
      If Hone Harawira had said he wants a maori in the G G seat, then nobody would bat a fucking eye lid.

      But because a white man wants his country to be represented by a representation of the population, and not for everyone to think that we’re a little india, he had to quit.
      And this, BEN, is in part because of you.

  3. “I’ve always stated that my issue was with his comments, not with Paul as a person”. OK so is that why on 04/10 you tweeted: “Do you know what made me quit? I wanted to say this, and then realised I was holding back: what a fucking cock that Paul Henry guy is.”

      1. Sorry, but in that quote, you’ve directly said that Paul Henry being a “fucking cock” is what made you quit. Now you’re saying it was because of his comments. These are conflicting statements whatever way you look at it.

      2. Yes, he was being a fucking cock. So I quit. I’ve said many times since then that I’m not qualified to comment on him as a person or a professional. I’m not a PR professional, so feel free to read whatever you want into my various outbursts.

        My statements on this blog are what I stand by.

      3. Wow are you serious?

        Big fucking publicity stunt if you ask me

        He’s right, conflicting statements. You call him a cock, you hate him as a person.

  4. You PC gone mad motherfucker.
    Paul Henry is the greatest host Breakfast has ever had.

    You sir, are a cock.
    And I see no reason why anyone would want to see you on their televisions.
    Get fucked.

    ~Anon

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    1. “PC gone mad”
      So by that I take it you think Political Correctness is, in general, a good thing and its only when it gets excessive in its use that it becomes a bad thing?

  5. >>>>Yep. I’ll happily work with cocks
    >>>I’ll happily work with cocks
    >>happily work with cocks
    >work with cocks

    Nice /b/ro.
    Nice.

    1. Try doing something that doesn’t involve flicking the TV on and being told what to think then, you dribble.

  6. No one knows who you are, fucking spastic. Thanks to you Paul Henry, the greatest New Zealand defender of free speech, is gone.

    Just kill yourself bro, there’s no point in a punjab-lover like you living.

    1. ‘Paul Henry, the greatest New Zealand defender of free speech’, had me ROFL! What nonsense! But seriously though, racism-spouting trolls are not at all funny.

  7. Haha this loser had nothing to do with Paul Henry leaving.
    I bet this micro-raid is the most internet traffic he’s had all year.

    Ben, nobody gave a fuck when you pulled out from your 3 and a half minute spot right before the ad-break on breakfast, don’t oversell yourself.

    I’d insult you but you’re really just not that worth the effort.
    I’m just here to tell the other guys from Ebaums that you actually had no effect on Paul Henrys job.
    Makes me laugh that you think you did.

    You probably won’t ever get back on the show, good job at fucking up your fifteen seconds of mild 9am fame. Seriously the only people watching Breakfast either have no job or are old women, with no job.

    Night Ben,

  8. You have a 5 minute segment on breakfast, go fuck yourself. The show I and will continue to be better without you. Now Paul Henry has been kicked out it had become a drab sack of shit show that is now just filled with pathetic humor. We all thought and knew he didn’t look like a Kiwi. He is just a fat curry muncher.
    Enjoy your pathetic low-self esteem life you dikshit

  9. Go back to nursing your hurt feelings and ruining the future New Zealnd you fatty sack of PC faggoty

  10. Oi, faggot. Stop thinking so highly of yourself like your fleeting segment (LOL that you quit because Paul Henrys comments made you BAAAAAAWWWWWWWW) is of any interest to anyone. We only watched that fuking show for Paul Henry. He was funny and offensive and that’s the way I like it. Fuck you PC cunt faggot, I hope they build a time machine one day and convince your mother to abort you.

  11. Hey Faggots,
    My name is John, and I hate every single one of you. All of you are fat, retarded, no-lifes who spend every second of their day looking at stupid ass pictures. You are everything bad in the world. Honestly, have any of you ever gotten any pussy? I mean, I guess it’s fun making fun of people because of your own insecurities, but you all take to a whole new level. This is even worse than jerking off to pictures on facebook.
    Don’t be a stranger. Just hit me with your best shot. I’m pretty much perfect. I was captain of the football team, and starter on my basketball team. What sports do you play, other than “jack off to naked drawn Japanese people”? I also get straight A’s, and have a banging hot girlfriend (She just blew me; Shit was SO cash). You are all faggots who should just kill yourselves. Thanks for listening.
    Pic Related: It’s me and my bitch

  12. Whats the matter bro you mad at me for some reason. I didn’t say anything at you bro. But don’t mind me I have plenty of people that will give me a job for being what New Zealand wants. Don’t expect a standing ovation when you and your fat ass walk back onto the set.

  13. Excuse me. Could everyone use this website the way it was intended please. The internet is a family activity and we should use it properly.

    ~John Key

    1. But still to be fair Dikshit is just as offensive as everything else Paul has said so I think he should be welcomed back and given a second chance

  14. I agree that his comments were over the line this time. And he apologized for it. But that wasn’t good enough for some of you ‘good New Zealanders’. For people who preach tolerance of other people you were certainly intolerant of him and demanded blood and you got it. You all failed to see that you were doing that which you Hayes about him. Henry spoke his mind and that is an admirable quality. Sometimes he spoke to much though, and some very loud people with brides prides decided to kik up such a fuss that a good, entertaining man has lost his job. And he didn’t just quit. He was forced to by the overwhelming hatred of our wonderfully tolerant multicultural society. I you were who you said you were, you would understand his position and mistake, forgive him as he is only human, accept that his opinion is different to yours and move on with your own life. Now you all seem like stuck up whiners instead of the down to earth kiwis that we should be. Shame on all you haters.

  15. This whole incident has brought to light a few facts:

    1) Paul Henry is the best thing that’s happened to many people in this country, which is downright tragic. Please for the love of God, get a life you losers. There is more to life than Paul Henry.

    2) Paul Henry fans really are brain dead – none of them can spell or form a decent argument. I bet you have all been dropped on your heads at some point or another. I bet at school (if you even went to school) you were also the type that stood around sniggering when someone was being bullied.

    3) Anon & The Legion: Have you two ever even been laid? Doesn’t sound like it.

    4) Lastly, Ben, you are freaking awesome. This country needs more people like you.

  16. Word choice and tone analysis shows most of the comments on this page are from a single individual.
    Obviously not hugged enough as a child.

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