Axed Good Game host sticks to his guns

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Axed Good Game host sticks to his guns
Sarah Collerton
ABC News Online
November 2, 2009

The fired host of Good Game says he wants the war of words with the ABC to end, but he is sticking by his claims that he was kicked off the show because of his gender.

The show’s founding host, Jeremy Ray, was fired earlier this month, with viewers informed via a statement on the TV show’s online message board last week.

Ray, also known as the Junglist, says that statement failed to mention the true reason he was let go.

He says he was told in a meeting almost three weeks ago that he was going to be replaced by a woman because the ABC wanted the video gaming show to garner “mass appeal”.

Ray, who was born in Australia but lived in the United States for most of his childhood, says there was “a lot of internal politicking” going on behind the scenes, but that was not the reason for his dismissal.

“In the meeting, the only reason they gave was that they wanted a female presenter,” he told ABC News Online.

“There were comments made in that meeting that it would be great if the audience assumed, seeing as there is only four or five weeks left in the season, that I was sick or on holiday and that this whole thing was my idea.

“It was even suggested [at a different time], that I say on air that I’m going back to the States, which I found a little offensive because I’m an Australian citizen.

“Those sorts of comments made me worried that I was going to be misrepresented.”

Ray’s departure caused backlash from fans on Twitter. A website and Facebook groups also quickly popped up in support of him.

One of those Facebook groups, Save Junglist! – Support the Former Good Game Host Through His Mistreatment by the ABC, already has more than 5,000 members.

“The poor handing of the situation made the backlash even bigger than I thought it would be,” Ray said…

See also : Good Game: ABC TV Show and online communities, Laurel Papworth, October 30, 2009, for an analysis from a ‘social media’ critic (“Laurel is one of Australia’s top social media strategist[s], a renowned keynote speaker and respected thought leader on the business of being social”).

About @ndy

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3 Responses to Axed Good Game host sticks to his guns

  1. @ndy says:

    Bubble Bobble.
    Buggy Boy.
    Civilization I, II, III & IV.
    Defender of the Crown.
    Double Dragon.
    Lode Runner.
    Test Drive.

  2. Dr. Cam says:

    Well, that answered my question. And I hadn’t even asked it yet.

  3. @ndy says:

    Yeah you’re right: I should probably include the following too:

    Author Syd (Series Producer)
    Date/Time 23 Oct 2009 11:43:58am
    Subject FYI here’s the press release
    ABC TV’s Good Game Levels UP with a New Presenter and an additional New Show!

    Joining Bajo (Steven O’Donnell) in the Den of Gaming from Monday 26th October will be new Good Game host, Hex (Stephanie Bendixsen).

    Born to non gaming parents who had a strict “no console” policy in the family home, Hex was forced to take up an outdoors hobby, bike riding… straight around the corner to the neighbours and their Sega Megadrive.

    In her teenage years Hex discovered “Lensmoor” a Multi User Dungeon (MUD) game that is completely text based and looked to her unsuspecting parents just like her homework.

    When her habit of swapping sleep for gaming caught up with her she was sent off to see a counsellor to attempt to cure her of her gaming obsession possibly making her the only Aussie Gamer to be treated before ever actually owning a game.

    Now after studying drama and performance at university Hex will combine her two great loves, acting and gaming, when she joins ABC TV’s show for gamers by gamers, Good Game, to present the program alongside Bajo.

    But that’s not all… From February 2010 Good Game will be expanding onto ABC3, the new digital channel for young Australian’s when it launches Good Game: Spawn Point (GG:SP).

    Good Game: SP will be the show for younger gamers by gamers. With 95% of young Australians aged 6 to 15 calling themselves gamers and the launch of ABC3, a channel dedicated to them, it was time for Good Game to spawn a new program with the needs of young gamers firmly in its sights. GG:SP will feature a family friendly mix of gamer reviews, stories about gaming culture and plenty of audience interaction.

    Good Game will continue throughout 2010 on ABC2 returning to a screen near you next February on Monday nights at 8.30pm.

    Some Facts about ABC TV’s Good Game

    Good Game is now the #1 downloaded ABC-TV program with well over 800,000 d/l this year to date.

    Good Game’s Forums are the most active across ABC-TV with well over a million posts.

    Good Game will present a one hour Christmas special featuring all the top festive season game releases on Monday 14th December at 8.30pm on ABC2.

    “The Good Game Gamers Guide to Good Gaming”, our first book, will be published by Harper Collins in December 2009 and will be available from all good book shops.

    Catch Good Game Monday nights on ABC2 @ 8:30pm, or late Friday nights on ABC1, just before rage.

    Watch any episode at

    Or if you miss it, watch a higher quality version on ABC’s iView service:

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