Ray Hadley is forced to face troubling health rumours
Ray Hadley has quashed rumors he has Covid-19 two days after an explosive on-air interview with NSW Premier, where he confronted Dominic Perrottet with claims he called him a Covid bed-wetter.
Listeners called to express fears for the radio announcer’s health after he appeared to sound under the weather during Ben Fordham’s 2GB breakfast show on Wednesday.
Hadley busted the rumors on his morning show shortly after, assuring listeners that he just had a cold.
“I’m free from Covid – I just have an ordinary, ordinary tickle in my throat – fear not, I’m not infecting anyone,” Hadley told listeners.
Ray Hadley (pictured with wife Sophie) has assured everyone he has been cleared of Covid
“Even if it turns out I do, I’ll keep working, it’ll just be in a locked room somewhere.”
His 2GB colleague also responded to the feedback shortly before Hadley replaced him on-air.
“He’s very aware. So no, he doesn’t have Covid,” Fordham explained.
“He has a few other issues, including a bit of a runny nose I think.”
A day earlier, Hadley’s social media team had been forced to disable comments on his Facebook page after confronting the NSW Prime Minister for allegedly slandering the shock jock behind his back.
Appearing on Hadley’s 2GB morning show on Monday, Mr Perrottet denied talking about people like Hadley when he said he wouldn’t “give in to the bed-wetters” by reintroducing Covid restrictions.
‘I don’t know where that came from, I didn’t make those remarks in the cabinet at all,’ replied Mr Perrottet.
Hadley replied that people had told him that Mr. Perrottet had called “people like me” bed-wetters after a few drinks at a pre-Christmas party.
“Ray, I don’t remember any of that,” Mr Perrottet replied.
Concerned 2GB listeners called Wednesday after hearing Ray Hadley on the air
On Tuesday morning, Hadley’s team blocked responses to both their post promoting Perrottet’s appearance and a December 17 story in which the 2GB host called the Prime Minister “weak as a p***” as many listeners tried Hadley because of his comments.
Hadley continued his criticism of the prime minister on Wednesday’s program, citing the state’s double vaccination rate, which has risen by less than one percent in the past five weeks.
“When Gladys Berejiklian was prime minister, she talked about vaccinating every day,” Hadley said.
“With Gladys at the helm, we went straight to 90 percent vaccination.”
‘It has been vaccinated since December 15 and the message to get vaccinated has gone out the window.’
Hadley’s feud with the new prime minister flared up last year when he said Perrottet was not doing enough to ensure residents would remain protected from Covid as he eased restrictions.
“I think he’s about to sign his political death warrant,” the shock jock said. “He’s endangering Sydney and NSW,” he said at the time.
“I hope he’s listening…if he continues on this particular path, Chris Minns will become prime minister in 2023 and will follow Kristina Kenneally’s path as partial prime minister.”
Ray Hadley has rekindled his war of words with Dominic Perrottet (pictured), who has accused the broadcaster of being a Covid bed-wetter
On Monday, the pair closed the horns for the first time this year as Hadley returned to the airwaves.
He claimed that former Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian told him directly that Perrottet was part of “a team” pushing for most Covid restrictions to be lifted by December 15.
“Don’t blame Gladys, she’s gone!” Hadley told Mr Perrottet when the Prime Minister said the roadmap for lifting restrictions existed before he took the top job.
“You were part of the team that pushed the December 15 date, whether you deny it or not, because that comes straight from her to me,” Hadley said.
“You deny it, I’m telling you she says you were part of the push to let go of the brakes on December 15, and when you became prime minister, you planned to do it.”
Hadley was an outspoken opponent of Perrottet’s decision to end a series of Covid restrictions in mid-December, especially as the Omicron variant began to take hold across the state.