Garner v Smith

December 28th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

RadioLive host has launched into an expletive-laden public rant against rival Newstalk ZB presenter .

The former TV3 political editor made his comments in the January edition of Metromagazine in an article titled “Getting drunk with Duncan Garner”.

After a dinner that included five bottles of red wine, Garner said to Metro journalist Steve Braunias: “I’ll tell you a story.”

Only five bottles? Was Braunias not drinking?

“It was about two or three weeks before my show was due to start … We ran into Leighton Smith and he says, ‘Garner, what have you done?”‘ he recalled.

“He said, ‘You’ve gone to some backwater radio station and you’ll never be heard of again.’ There are some moments in life that remain with you. I’ve been waiting to tell someone this.

“I thought, ‘What an arrogant prick, saying that to me.’ This institutionalised guy telling me I would never be heard of again. Every day I get up in the morning now I think of Leighton. And I work harder because of it, if that’s possible. I think, ‘F*** you. F*** you, you old prick’.”

Using even stronger language, Garner said Smith had had a great career and was very successful, so he didn’t need to treat him so arrogantly.

“I was never brought up to be a prick like that for no reason … I’ll never forget it. He just treated me like this piece of dirt, that RadioLive was nothing. That’s really affected me.”

No love lost in commercial radio.

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27 Responses to “Garner v Smith”

  1. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Give chubby Garner another sausage to keep him happy.

    Leighton Smith is a far superior host; fat Duncan would do well following his advice. Yes, Radio Live is nothing.

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  2. kowtow (7,945 comments) says:

    I was never brought up to be a prick for no reason………

    So what is the reason for him being such a prick?

    What is it about “news personalities” in Aotearoa that they think they are the news,or that anyone gives a flying fuck about their pathetic,shitty lives ,loves and tiffs?

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  3. OneTrack (2,818 comments) says:

    Garner should forget what more than likely a comment in jest, and focus on making his program better.

    And is this what Metro is reduced to – getting people drunk so they can get some dirt?

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  4. ChardonnayGuy (1,184 comments) says:

    Leighton who?

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  5. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Sorry, but I fail to see how these ‘glitterati’ holding their mistaken beliefs that being a big fish in a tiny pond (which face it, is not difficult in a country with such a small population) somehow makes their pointless remarks somehow significant … you know, to real life.

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  6. Don the Kiwi (1,649 comments) says:

    Leighton Smith is so far and away better then Dunnycan Garner that the blob would be better served listening to what Smith has to say, and learning from it.

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  7. kowtow (7,945 comments) says:

    DTK

    Dunnycan Smarmer.

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  8. Nostalgia-NZ (5,044 comments) says:

    Possibly premature comments by Duncan, perhaps first he should have proved Smith was wrong before commenting. At which time he might have been thankful for the criticism and how it inspired him.

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  9. 3-coil (1,204 comments) says:

    When you are as plump as chubby little Dunkin’ (“Donuts”) Garner is, the skin gets stretched very thin.

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  10. skyblue (206 comments) says:

    At last we know, Duncan Garner has a little penis. Maybe if his parents had foresight they should have named him Justin (just in).

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  11. eszett (2,374 comments) says:

    Funny, people claiming not to ” give a flying fuck about their pathetic,shitty lives ,loves and tiffs” seem to care enough to comment here.
    Just saying.

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  12. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Garner is a friend of Dotcom, but then, does he need to emulate him in stature?

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  13. JC (933 comments) says:

    So lets see, I only ever knew about Garner through his TV(3?) work and 90% of that was the shock/horror illegal tapes of the Nats conference of 2008.

    All I know of him now is these sort of second hand articles, ie, he is 100% formally invisible to me, which reinforces Smith’s point. Further, taking a pot shot at Smith would be one of the few ways for Garner to attract some sort of attention to himself.

    JC

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  14. kowtow (7,945 comments) says:

    eggshells

    Dunnycan Smarmer and the wankers at Metro will see the comment,

    Got a response from you too……

    Wish my fishing skills were as good.

    Now be so good as to fuck off,thank you.

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  15. BeaB (2,082 comments) says:

    What a tender flower.
    Surely he has a tougher hide than this would suggest.
    Imagine brooding so much over a rival’s comment and whining it really rankled.
    Leighton Smith must be chortling.
    Nevertheless, I listen to neither of them.
    But when we see these so-called journalists haranguing some poor victim we can remind ourselves they can’t take even a mild poke themselves.

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  16. Peter (1,664 comments) says:

    Not sure there is anything more tragic than “media” “personalities” in tiny NZ acting like they are “celebs”. Incestuous vacuous self-absorbed world they live in.

    Like The Standard. Only fatter.

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  17. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Why is the herald running this ad for Metro?

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  18. secondcumming (92 comments) says:

    as ‘Peter’ comments above:

    “….nothing more tragic than ‘media personalities’ in tiny NZ acting like they are ‘celebs’….incestuous, vacuous self-absorbed world they live in….”

    sounds like we can include Hoskings in this discussion as well then……

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  19. Chuck Bird (4,765 comments) says:

    Have I got this right? Leighton Smith said something to Duncan Garner to his face. Instead of Garner responding at the time he waited till he had a lot to drink before commenting about Smith’s comment in print.

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  20. 3-coil (1,204 comments) says:

    ..after a dinner that “included five bottles of red wine” – be careful not to assume that they actually drank the 5 bottles, notorious scrounger Steve Braunias would have stuffed an unopened couple of those into his bag…

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  21. duggledog (1,439 comments) says:

    Last Auckland survey result says everything really.

    Newstalk ZB – 13%

    Radio Live – 3%

    I don’t know how or even whether they can measure how many people listen to what shows, but this looks like Leighton Smith was simply telling it the way it is.

    BTW who the hell would go on a boozy lunch with a journalist like Braunias, or any journalist? You’d have to be mental. Didn’t Garner hear about what happened to Tamihere with Wishart?

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  22. eszett (2,374 comments) says:

    Got a response from you too……

    Well, well. you do care, after all. But keep on insisting that you don’t.
    So touching.

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  23. doggone7 (755 comments) says:

    Don the Kiwi:

    How can Leighton Smith be so far better than Duncan Garner when they each know everything?

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  24. mara (752 comments) says:

    Leighton is my choice because he is not a totally liberal wanker and we need more “conservative” thinking in the media. He needs to sharpen up though… .he’s getting a bit PC on his radio show.

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  25. grumpyoldhori (2,416 comments) says:

    Good god has Smith not been thrown out of NZ as an over stayer ?
    He must have a few years on him now.

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  26. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    @grumpy: the whanau OK?

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  27. Say Goodbye to Hollywood (556 comments) says:

    Leighton should send Garner a signed copy of his book.

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