Rex Hunt’s legendary career as an AFL radio commentator appears to be at an end as the footy and fishing icon blew up in an ugly on-air rant.
During his 3AW show Footy Nightline on Saturday night, an interview with 1980s AFL legend Robert DiPierdomenico ran long over an ad break.
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3AW head of football Craig Moore made the call to the 30-year radio veteran and it didn’t go down well as Hunt blasted the executive in a stunning on-air explosion.
“Yeah thanks Craig. I’ve got steam coming out of my ears,” the 72-year-old legend said. “My producer, who is just a magnificent producer and lovely person. I tell you now Craig, why we dropped a break, and if you’ve got a problem from down the road to sell 3AW football, I could sell 3AW football.
Why we dropped the break Craig, we were speaking to a man, a five-time VFL premiership player — ‘78, ‘83, ‘86, ‘88, ‘89 — a Brownlow Medal is 1986, three-time AFL team of the year, one of the most successful Italians ever to play the game, was selected in the Italian team of the century, played 240 games and scored 130 goals more than you, Craig …
“Why do I steam? Because you’re losing the very feel of what 3AW was built up from. Norman Banks and Harry Beitzel and some other fish kissing idiot. I’ll drop it now, but don’t ring during my program. Got it.”
Rex Hunt with Dustin Martin after the 2017 AFL Grand Final.Source:Getty Images
Hunt demanded the intro be played again to catch his break but it wasn’t over as Hunt had built up a head of steam.
“It might be my last night,” Hunt continued. “Because I feel good and I don’t need people telling me to shut up. Because I take you where millions of people go and you will never come back from it.
“And if I have to worry about lightweights after me building the foundation for most of you people, I’ll just go fishing.”
3AW has confirmed that Hunt had indeed had his final night in his role, with station manager Stephen Beers reportedly breaking the news in a note to staff.
“Rex Hunt has advised us that he is sadly taking leave of his duties at 3AW to focus on his family,” the statement said.
“As much as he has loved his return to 3AW and we have loved having him on Footy Nightline, we wish him well for the future.
“Rex knows the door is always open for him.”
Rex Hunt has walked away from his 3AW show.Source:News Corp Australia
The Herald Sun reportedly reached out to Hunt, who confirmed he was okay, but also reported that some close friends were concerned about his welfare.
Before his radio and television career, Hunt played 202 matches in the VFL between 1968 and 1978 with Richmond, Geelong and St Kilda, including winning two premierships with the Tigers.
But he’s arguably most well know for his fishing show and commentary prowess.
In May, the 72-year-old made headlines after treating fans in a McDonalds to an impromptu call in a rare public sighting.
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