Former Liberal MP turned Outsiders host Ross Cameron has been sacked from Sky News for using racist terms to describe Chinese people on his late night cable and free-to-air TV show.
"If you go to the Disneyland in Shanghai, on any typical morning of the week you'll see 20,000 black-haired, slanty-eyed, yellow-skinned Chinese desperate to get into Disneyland," Cameron said.
The controversial right wing host's comments made on Tuesday this week were picked up by Sleeping Giants Oz, an online group that has been pressuring Sky News advertisers to withdraw their ads for the last few months.
The comments began to go viral on Twitter on Friday once shared by former race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane.
"This is nasty even by the low standards of Sky News and Outsiders," Soutphommasane said.
Others soon began criticising Sky News for allowing the show to go to air.
Some were shocked, but not surprised that such words were being used on national TV in Australia in 2018.
Sky News has removed the podcast of the episode from its feed.
Sky News then tweeted that Cameron had been sacked.
"I have today advised Ross Cameron that his contract with Sky News has been terminated," new Sky News CEO Paul Whittaker said in a statement.
"This language is totally unacceptable and has no place on any of our platforms, nor in modern Australian society."
Outsiders, hosted by Cameron and right wing columnist Rowan Dean, originally only aired once a week on Sundays to follow ABC's own politics show Insiders, but recently the show moved to five days a week, from Sunday to Thursday.
The show has long been controversial, and the decision to give the two hosts more airtime came just months after Sky News apologised for allowing an offensive comment made by Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm about Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young to be highlighted on screen.
Outsiders is part of what is colloquially called Sky News After Dark, the post-6pm conservative commentary on the news channel that is Australia's answer to Fox News.
In August Sky News apologised for airing an interview with far-right nationalist Blair Cottrell.
Sky News recently began airing on free-to-air television in some regional parts of Australia on WIN TV. The media watchdog wrote to WIN in August to tell the station it needed to comply with the free-to-air TV code of practice.
WIN TV responded that staff had undergone training before the launch.
Sleeping Giants Oz has been running campaigns against Sky News and other News Corp outlets since the Hanson-Young incident, and has recently received some return fire from News Corp newspaper The Australian, which has described the campaign as "a secretive political group".