Paul Henry: “I have resigned” 11

Below is a statement from Paul Henry:

I have resigned from TVNZ, effective immediately.

It is no longer practical in the current environment for me to do the job I was employed to do, and have so enjoyed doing. It is also difficult for TVNZ to get on with the business of being a first class broadcaster as long as I remain.

I have apologised twice, and have meant every word. I again apologise to all those who were genuinely hurt by what I said.

However, it is clear that things have now reached a point where my actions will have to speak louder than my words.

I am astonished and dismayed that my comments have created a diplomatic incident. My style is conversational and of course unscripted. I walk the finest of lines and accept that I have inadvertently crossed it from time to time.

But I recognise the realities of the situation.

I do not want to continue to be used as a lightning rod for racial disharmony in this country. Likewise, I certainly do not want to have my elderly mother staked out at her nursing home by tabloid media, as has happened this weekend.

I will miss the professionalism and friendship of the brilliant production team I have worked with, and I will miss the fun and satisfaction of having doubled the audience for Breakfast in the last few years. The programme is great – and I’m sure its success will continue.

To be honest, most of all I’ll miss Pippa.

I am grateful to the many thousands of people who have offered their support to me. I hope they will understand and accept that an extraordinary convergence of circumstances has made this action necessary

I am saddened by this whole episode – sad that I crossed the line in the first place, and sad that an employer I have always served with pride has had to suffer slings and arrows.

To all those who have enjoyed Breakfast – thank you. It has been a privilege to have been part of your mornings for the last seven years.

– Paul Henry



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  1. Paul, you are probably quite smart and witty by nature which is why I cannot understand why you feel the need to turn that wit towards minority groups and putting down people less fortunate than yourself, or pointing out people’s flaws and differences – it’s childish and verges on verbal bullying.  In your next job you could show the public that you are above that, if in fact you really are.  Otherwise just keep being yourself and keep accumulating enemies!

  2. I am distressed by all of this and how it has be violently blown out of proportion. We obviously live in a country so obsessed with political correctness that we can’t even take a joke anymore. We’ve clearly become far too narrow. My opinion doesn’t really matter, but I think I have more credibility than those of you who have your haughty ‘good ridance’ hats on and yet dont know the difference between “your” and “you’re”.

  3. Others were using you as a lightning rod? What a load of hypocritical nonsense. You weren’t sitting there getting zapped, you were running your mouth and actively egging racial disharmony on, all in the name of ratings. So, hiding from your responsibility right to the end. Good riddance.

  4. Pail Henry I am extremely sad to see you go. I think Television is so narrow and straight that you were a breath of fresh air. I understand you over stepped the mark in these comments  but having to leave the show is over stepping the mark. this is PC to the extreme. 
    Are we going to become a super sensitive nation that cries every time someone steps a little on our toes? 
    – Sarah

  5. Whilst I am glad to see the right thing done and am of the opinion that we are better without you on air, I would condemn those people that would sit outside a nursing home and distress your elderly mother Unacceptable. Much like what led to this whole thing in the first place.

  6. Good job I say.

    Very glad to see the end of your TVNZ career Paul Henry – you created the problems you got yourself into & fittingly, you have ended them, albeit with some pressure to do so (more than your letting on).

    Good riddance!