The Chaser team has returned to one of their infamous pranks by projecting an “Advertise Here” image onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House -complete with Alan Jones’ mobile phone number.
On radio this morning, Jones told listeners he was sorry for berating Opera House CEO Louise Herron on radio over her refusal to promote a sporting event, The Everest.
“I used some words in these programs about the Everest, and the Opera House, and Louise, which in hindsight I now most regret hearing, having heard the impact they’ve clearly had on some people,” he said on air.
“In relation to Louise [Herron], I was tough regarding an issue I and others felt is very important.”
Herron is said to be considering legal action over his comments.
The apology came as an online petition opposing the decision to use the Opera House to promote the horse race passed 235,000 signatures this morning.
The petition, led by Sydney resident Mike Woodcock, calls on the NSW Government and Racing NSW to stop turning the Opera House into a “promotional billboard”.
The issue also saw The Project‘s Peter Helliar and Steve Price disagree on air last night.
Updated: Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Chaser’s Charles Firth also clashed today on Studio 10.