Rachel Smalley apologises for on-air 'bunch of lardos' quip

22:06, Apr 01 2014
Rachel Smalley
RADIO STAR: Rachel Smalley hosts Early Edition on Newstalk ZB.

Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley has apologised for calling New Zealand women "a bunch of lardos" on air when she thought her microphone was switched off.

Smalley made the comment shortly before 6am today after she had been discussing a story that said an emergency contraceptive pill was less effective in women weighing more than 70 kilograms.

"I deeply regret the comments. They were offensive," Smalley told Fairfax Media.

"I left my microphone on and a conversation meant for off-air, went on-air and the audience only heard one side of that conversation.

"That said, my comments were offensive. I'm sorry. It was a genuine mistake."

Auckland woman Jill Smith heard the slip-up and was appalled. She planned to complain to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

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National MP Scott Simpson wrote on Twitter: "That NZ women's average weight of 72kg makes them 'a bunch of lardos' bound to upset many."

Simpson told Fairfax Media it was probably "just a case of sloppy button pushing" rather than an intentional desire to broadcast the comment.

However, it was not a good idea to make light of serious matters, he said.

Comments by @Rachel_Smalley on @NewstalkZB that NZ women's average weight of 72kg makes them "a bunch of lardos" bound to upset many.

@ScottSimpsonMP @Rachel_Smalley @NewstalkZB that is atrocious-may be cliched but weight is just a number isn't a useful indicator of health

@ScottSimpsonMP @Rachel_Smalley @NewstalkZB that is atrocious-may be cliched but weight is just a number isn't a useful indicator of health

The Dominion Post