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FIVE months after he publicly attacked Prime Minister Scott Morrison, former Test star Michael Slater has failed to win a new deal at Channel 7.
In a series of fiery tweets sent back in May, Slater controversially accused the Prime Minister of having “blood on his hands” for locking Australian citizens out of returning from Covid-ravaged India.
The outburst did not sit comfortably at the time with fellow cricketers who, following the cancellation of the IPL, suddenly had the spotlight shone on their time in limbo in the Maldives, or with Seven executives back home.
Channel 7 confirmed they were moving in a different direction but insisted the decision not to renew Slater’s contract was more due to budgetary restraints.
“He’s a very talented broadcaster and he’s been a ripping member of our team. It’s more about financial management than anything else and we wish Michael the very best in the future, we really do,” said Channel 7 head of sport Lewis Martin.
“Unfortunately business decisions have to be made from time to time and unfortunately we’re not in a position to renew it.
“He was a very popular member of our team and a very talented broadcaster.”