I'm A Celebrity's Pat Sharp steps down from radio show following inappropriate comment

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Former I'm a Celebrity star Pat Sharp has stepped down from his Greatest Hits Radio show following an inappropriate comment.

The controversy arose when Sharp made a crude remark about a woman's breasts while he was hosting the Conference News Agency Awards, an event for media professionals.

News of the incident quickly leaked onto social media, where a number of people in attendance at the awards ceremony criticised both Sharp and organisers for letting him continue hosting afterward.

As a result of the controversy, Sharp will no longer be hosting his Greatest Hits Radio show. He had already been scheduled to leave at the end of his contract, but owners Bauer Media Group have pulled him from the air already.

Sharp released a statement of apology: "Last Friday, I made a joke on stage which was not well received. I upset one individual in particular and for that I am truly sorry. I apologised at the event to anyone who was offended and I have apologised to the individual personally too."

Deadline reports that there is a dispute from at least two people in attendance at the awards ceremony over whether or not Sharp did publicly apologise for making the target of his joke cry and leave the stage.

Following the incident, the Conference News Agency organisers Mash Media has released a statement acknowledging it should have removed Sharp from the venue at the time.

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"Looking back, we accept we did not take appropriate action at the time and will be putting safeguards in place to ensure we do better in future," the organisation wrote.

Sharp is perhaps best known for presenting ITV kids' series Fun House in 1990s alongside twins Melanie and Martina Grant. He was a mainstay of BBC Radio 1 in the 1980s and was part of Top of the Pops' rotating presenting team at that time.

In 2011, he was part of the line-up of ITV's I'm a Celebrity, where McFly's Dougie Poynter was crowned that year's King of the Jungle.

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