I would have eased them out the door with my boot

The precious luvvies who have been given the arse-card from Mediaworks are having a sook at the corporate shill site of Duncan Grieve, The Spin Off.

Their parent publication, The NZ Herald gleefully helps put the boot in by quoting bitter old hag Pip Keane right at the start of their article.

The former executive producer on axed TV3 show Campbell Live has revealed the “shitty” parting gift given to host John Campbell on his last day.

According to Pip Keane, all she and Campbell received on their final day at the network was “identical, shitty bunches of flowers”.

That’s not all: in a report on The Spinoff about terrible leaving gifts, Keane says the flowers were bought for a group of five staff who were leaving that day – but only four bunches were ordered.

They are bloody lucky they got even that. With their tanking ratings and constant dripping tap pimping of the poor it was only a matter of time before they were given the boot.

If they’d been my staff with that attitude, with the whinging and carping and entitlement mentality they’d have got nothing except my size 12 boot easing them out the door.

Our commenter MaryLou gives them a ticking off:

Well I never. Spoilt brats at TV3 publicly complaining about what they didn’t get from the employers they’d publicly slammed. If my children behaved like that… well, they wouldn’t. A bit of personal pride goes a long way.

Edit: See, I have this thing. People that leave amicably and that have worked hard and – well, contributed to the growth of the company, of course you say thank you and get them something nice. These gifts perhaps reflect the feelings of the giver, in ways you’re no longer allowed to spell out under employment law.

MetalnWood adds:

I was going to post about that if it hadn’t already been mentioned.

Here we have a guy, John Campbell, the champion of the poor and downtrodden being given a parting gift of the same nature and cost that most of the people he ‘represents’ would get and be happy about when they leave a workplace.

For him, nope, I guess a $10k gold watch was in order, after all – he is not really like the people he wants to represent, he is better.

Pip Keane and John Campbell forget they were paid very well indeed, that was their recompense for their service, the huge eye-watering pay packets.

Their attitude explains much about why they were told DCM.


– NZ Herald


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  • Bob Dazzler

    They were and so remain non entities.

  • Vutekno

    Life is good! Campbell and Keane in one place at one time and easily ignored by a simple click of the switch that turns off the radio at 5.00pm daily! The bonus being that I never have to look at his face!

    Pity about Mary Wilson though!
    Edit: words added

    • Cadwallader

      Has Mary Wilson gone? I always thought she was all aggression and devoid of perception. Having said that, Campbell is little more than a greasy hate merchant.

      • Vutekno

        Well I don’t know where she has gone all I know is that Campbell has squatted on her spot.

        And yes, she came across as a single minded nasty attack dog , against all comers, no biase just get a bigger bite and lots of them. Simple approach really.

  • Cadwallader

    If the word “shitty” is the high point of this non-entity’s vocabulary then should it be a surprise she’s been kicked down the road…I trust it is a long and winding road at that! This whining sums up the inflated sense of self which seems to be emblematic of the msm. Good riddance to the lot of the leftie fabulists.

    • stephen2d

      What a beautiful word and very descriptive of journalists in NZ: fabulist. Thank you!

  • KatB

    I thought usually all the staff have a whip around when somebody leaves, if flowers was the end result then maybe the complainers should look at themselves, how popular they were. Anyway, after getting their sort of salaries, surely any gift was just symbolic.

    • Cadwallader

      It would an ideal gift with love and care if she suffers from pollen intolerance!

  • Wayne Hodge

    On the subject of nonentities,who or what is a John Campbell?

    • Odd Ball

      Some bloke who headed apresented a TV show for a while, but crashed & burned after gaining a very high opinion of themselves.

  • twittertit

    I see this article is still on the main page of the herald website today. It’s 8am the day after, but this is still headline news apparently!

    • kereru

      Well nothing else has happened worth reporting, has it.

    • ex-JAFA

      The author and editor dropping subtle hints to management about potential merger fallout, perhaps?

  • rexabus

    The irony of The Campbell show, professed champion of the poor and hard done by, and it’s producer has a little tizzy that their leaving presents weren’t grand enough. They should probably keep quiet – they had a blimmin good run on a fat pay packet

  • Wheninrome

    So where was the mention of the “gold watch” surely that should have been front page for JC so he could show the world what he was worth to his former employer, or did a friend buy it for him, or was it a gift from an advertiser he is keeping warm.

  • Usaywot

    If that’s what I got as a farewell I’d keep my mouth shut. I’d be embarrassed to admit that that was all the company thought of me. When I left my last job, through my own wishes, I was embarrassed by the bounty I received. It was heartwarmingly affirming. These people are fools for confirming what we already knew….they weren’t wanted and wouldn’t be missed.

  • Wheninrome

    Love to have been their parents when they woke up to their Christmas presents, I wonder how they described those, pretty ungrateful bunch given their salaries and other “rewards” ie the slathering adulation of the public who watched them, their “celebrity status”.

  • Grizz30

    I am sick of hearing about these whining primadonnas. Just get a life will you.

  • Ross15

    A friend left their job ( redundancy) a few months ago. It was a very “political” situation in the organisation and my friend just got caught in the backwash. She was given some great advice –despite the fact you have every right to be angry you’ll be remembered by your last acts in the job , so leave with pride and dignity.

  • spanishbride

    It could have been worse. They could have been sent flowers by Whaleoil like what happened to this poor politician.http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2014/02/the-most-miserable-bunch-of-flowers-ive-ever-received-annette-king/

    • MarcWills

      Wow, that was so funny. Reminds me how many humorous commenters WO has, and names which keep on keeping on.

    • Gazza

      hahaha, well that sort of response does not surprise me; my Mum always used to tell me “it’s not the gift, it’s the thought that counts”, clearly something Ms King was never taught and probably did not pass on I suspect…..

  • papagaya

    From memory, John Campbell actually went outside the TV3 building to have a mix and mingle with protesters who were agitating for him to stay. What employer in their right mind is going to reward that?

  • Wheninrome

    Describing their bunch of flowers in such a way will have the Florist who produced it a happy person, nothing life good publicity.

  • Just me

    After receiving a substantial salary for many years one wonders what they could have bought the man who has everything?

  • Duchess of Pork

    I think the reason Ms Keane sounds so bitter is because there was no equally ‘s***y’ bottle of cheap wine to accompany the flowers.

    • Nige.

      [MOD] Theres always someone.