(Source Herald Sun)

3MP is in damage control after a racial slur by fill-in host Greg Evans went to air on the breakfast show yesterday.

In the middle of a song, the radio and TV veteran was heard to say: “Bloody hell. We do have a lot of curry-eating listeners.”\

 Evans, who was filling in this week while regular breakfast host John Burgess takes a fortnight’s holiday, thought he was off-air.

3MP group general manager Barrie Quick said the gaffe was regrettable and yesterday apologised to listeners.

“The comments made on air have been taken seriously and we are dealing with it internally,” he said.

“The network and Greg sincerely apologise if the comments have offended any of our loyal listeners.”

TV announcer Shaun Cosgrove will fill in as host in the breakfast slot next week.

Mr Quick said Evans was only asked to fill in this week and Cosgrove was always going to sit in the chair in the second week of Burgess’s leave.

Burgess returns to the microphone on November 27.

The comments by the former Perfect Match host were broadcast in Melbourne only.