90s presenter Pat Sharp loses job after reducing woman to tears with joke about her breasts
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Fun House host Pat Sharp has lost his job after reducing a woman to tears with a joke about her breasts.
The presenter and DJ was the celebrity guest at the Conference News Agency Awards last Friday (3 March) where he gifted events boss Lizzy Eaton with a shirt featuring him and his famous 80s mullet.
Numerous publications have reported that he then took a shot at Eaton when she joined him onstage at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London.
In a jibe referencing the fact that she was wearing the shirt, he said: "That’s the only way I’ll get on your t**s today."
Eaton, who was said by witnesses to be in tears over the incident, later took to LinkedIn where she described feeling 'humiliated' by Sharp's joked.
"Yesterday I was publicly humiliated, in a sexual nature, by the celebrity host of an industry event, on stage in front of 400 of my colleagues and peers," she wrote.
"Afterwards I was in complete shock and hadn’t really processed what happened. Today I am struggling with it - I feel sad, dirty and, frankly, violated.
"I have worked incredibly hard to earn my reputation and hopefully be an inspiration to other young women in the events industry.
"Yesterday however, I was belittled, sexualised and objectified in front of hundreds of people I respect."
She added: "I hope by speaking up I am holding men accountable for this kind of behaviour and reminding them that it is absolutely unacceptable, especially in a professional setting.
"Special thanks to Emily Simmons-Wright who called the man out just as publicly as he had humiliated me. I left the room immediately and didn’t get to witness it, but I heard it was very powerful."
Sharp is now facing the repercussions, having lost his job in the wake of the event.
But amid the backlash, the radio network has announced that Sharp is departing the Bauer Media Group station to 'explore other opportunities', and that he will 'not return to the station with immediate effect'.
Sharp has since apologised for the crude remark, saying (per Deadline): "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."
Mash Media, which organises the Conference News Agency Awards, also shared a comment with the outlet.
"Conference News disavows the statement made by Pat Sharp, it was unscripted and does not represent the ideals that we want to promote as a business," it said.
"We’re doing our part to support the affected delegate in the aftermath and have requested both a public and private apology from Sharp."
LADbible has contacted a rep for Pat Sharp for comment.