What the Kiwi gossip mags say

BY CHRIS SCHULZ
Last updated 05:00 12/01/2010
Steve Gray says he is perplexed after being axed by TVNZ and then invited back as a regular guest.
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MIXED MESSAGES: Television presenter Steve Gray says he is perplexed after being axed by TVNZ and then invited back as a regular guest.

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A former TVNZ presenter claims he was axed from the network because he is bisexual, flamboyant and has bad teeth.

Steve Gray, who spent 12 years providing hilariously mis-timed exercise routines in oversized tracksuits for Good Morning alongside Brendon Pongia and Sarah Bradley, tells Woman's Day his dumping late last year was "weird".

"I walked into this impromptu meeting with my producer and was told, at first, that they were letting me go because of budget cuts," the 44-year old said.

That followed a meeting six months earlier in which Gray, who admitted cross-dressing in an earlier gossip mag piece, claimed he was told to "tone down" his gayness.

"Tone down your gayness? How do you do that? It's like saying to Brendon, 'Tone down your Maori!'"

Tone it down Gray, you're starting to shout.

While TVNZ said it was a network decision not to renew Gray's contract and had invited him back for regular guest spots in 2010, Gray - who says he can't afford the $20,000 to get his teeth fixed - said he was recovering from a terrible 2009 and was still making up his mind about his future.

"I don't want to sound like a dick, but I'm a great interviewer ... I never once stuffed up an interview, swore or got caught out on the job," he told WD.

"My leaving TVNZ is such a very weird decision from somebody, somewhere, and they still haven't told me the real reasons why."

His tracksuits may not have fitted properly, but at least Gray never farted live on air.

That's not the end of this week's Good Morning news, as Gray's co-host Sarah Bradley shows off her new Wellington home - a "house of horrors" with no interior walls that in its current state is "unliveable".

"I don't know why I fell in love with it, it's a terrible house," Bradley tells New Idea.

"My lawyer and real estate agent said, 'Don't buy this house. When (my friend, a builder) got to this house he said, 'This is the worst house I've ever seen."

In the industry, that's called potential. Some walls might be nice though - especially around the toilet area.

Elsewhere, former netball star Bernice Mene is pregnant with her third child, but husband Dion Nash is still confused about how it happened.

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"I gave Dion a quick call (to tell him the news), and he just said, 'Really? How did that happen?'" Mene tells Woman's Weekly. "It definitely took him by surprise."

Can someone please send Nash a copy of Where do I Come From? Or at least show him some porn? He should really know this stuff by now.

Finally, the quote of the week comes from John Mayer: "I need to get back to the gym. I'm all for having boobs against my chest - but not when they're mine."

Or Jennifer Aniston's judging by the rumours.

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- Stuff

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