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Jamie East quits talkRADIO after presenter cuts up face mask

Jamie East quits talkRADIO after presenter cuts up face mask
Jamie East quits his show on talkRADIO after fellow presenter Mark Dolan cuts up a face mask live on air.

Jamie East has quit his role as a host on talkRADIO after fellow presenter Mark Dolan cut up a face mask live on air.

In the stunt, which went viral on social media, Dolan took a pair of scissors to a mask and declared: "If you want to save lives and get the country back on track, the only option is to get back to normal – and the first step to achieving that is to get rid of these wretched, godawful, damned, blinking, uncomfortable, scientifically empty, useless masks."

East has been with the station for three years but was disheartened by Dolan's actions, sharing the clip alongside the caption: "It's clear that Talkradio has a clearly defined idea of where it's heading, sadly not many of those ideals were a great fit."

In a follow-up tweet, the 46-year-old added: "Some personal news: I have decided that yesterday was my final show for @talkRADIO. I'd like to thank Scott, Liam and many of the Talk and Virgin gang for some great years - it didn't work out, but it was (mostly) a laugh."

talkRADIO programme director Dennie Morris said: "Jamie is a great broadcaster and has been a pleasure to work with. We wish him all the very best."

East - founder of the Holy Moly website - is also host of the popular news podcast The Smart 7.

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