Andy Gray has apologised for his part in the Sky Sports sexism row and said he was “devastated by losing the job that I love”.
The pundit was dropped after he and Sky Sports commentator Richard Keys made sexist remarks about assistant referee Sian Massey before the Premier League game between Wolves and Liverpool at the weekend.
But Sky Sports fired former Scotland international Gray after new evidence of unacceptable and offensive behaviour emerged.
A statement released by Gray read: “I am very sorry that certain comments made by me have caused offence.
“Such comments were made off-air to work colleagues, and were, of course, never intended to be broadcast.”
Gray’s statement continued: “Football is my life and I am devastated by losing the job that I love.
“I am equally upset that third parties have been dragged into this issue. I ask that the media respect their privacy so that they can continue in their roles.
“I have worked for Sky Sports loyally for over 20 years and I do not wish to comment further at this time.”
His comments came as Keys also chose to publicly apologise for his remarks.
Speaking on the talkSPORT radio station, he said: “Our prehistoric banter is not acceptable in a modern world. We were wrong. It was wrong. It shouldn’t have happened.”