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DJs 'remorseful' on Vegas-bound jet

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/04/2016

Feeling really remorseful for what we done. On route to Vegas for that important business trip.

Posted by Hauraki Breakfast on Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Two Radio Hauraki hosts apparently berated for misleading England cricketer Ben Stokes' mother over an on-air broadcast have jetted off to Las Vegas during the fallout.

Christchurch-based Deborah Stokes was unknowingly broadcast live on air by Radio Hauraki after phoning in to defend her son following England's World Twenty20 final defeat, where Stokes conceded four successive sixes from the final over.

On Tuesday, presenters Jeremy Wells and Matt Heath were discussing the final over drama when Mrs Stokes called in to defend her son against their criticism.

She asked to speak to someone off-air, was told it was off-air but the conversation continued to be broadcast.

She accused the pair of bagging her son and calling him arrogant.

"I don't know whether they realise he was born and bred in New Zealand and quite frankly has family all over the country. And for those who listen to your station, for them to sit and listen to their cousin, their grandson being bagged like that is absolutely unconscionable.

"I'm totally brassed off," she said.

Heath replied: "I'm writing this down to tell Matt and Jerry that he's a great player and his mum loves him."

A spokesperson for New Zealand Media and Entertainment told news.com.au: "Matt and Jeremy are famous for identifying where the line is and then ignoring it, however putting Ben's mum to air without her knowledge, albeit defending her son, was obviously well over that line. They've been suitably reprimanded, and are off-air tomorrow."

However, it appears the pair were already scheduled to be off air and flying to Las Vegas as part of a Guns N' Roses concert promotion.

"Feeling really remorseful for what we done. On route to Vegas for that important business trip," the pair posted online on Wednesday.

Christchurch-born English cricketer Ben Stokes. © Julian Finney/Getty Images Christchurch-born English cricketer Ben Stokes.
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