Outspoken radio host Michael Laws' leave from his show has extended to a second week after controversial comments he made on air.
Laws has not been heard on his regular RadioLive spot since he discussed shooting journalists, a comment he later said was a joke.
He said on his Twitter feed he would not be returning to work for the rest of this week: "Another week's leave from radio responsibilities ... could SO get used to this."
MediaWorks spokeswoman Rachel Lorimer said Laws was on leave while the broadcaster held discussions about his show.
She could not say when, or if, he would return and attributed his absence to an employment matter.
The former MP and mayor has been training for a charity boxing event in Wanganui, where he will take on veteran activist Ken Mair.
On November 17, Laws vented his anger about journalists who reported on the National-Act teapot tape: "If I had a gun I'd shoot them - put them out of their misery - because they have gone rabid and they may infect others."
Laws has dismissed his comment about journalists as a "throwaway line", but as a talkback host with a low idiot threshhold (by his own admission), he should be only too aware that he has listeners who might take his throwaway lines seriously, or without the truck-load of salt he intends them to be taken with. It was an inappropriate comment, and we are not surprised that RadioLive has reacted to it.
There's an upside though; it's given the former mayor more time to train for his fight on Saturday night with "veteran activist" Ken Mair. On the basis of what we saw on Close-Up last night, it won't be a fight of any great duration; Ken Mair looked like a lean, mean fighting machine, and frankly, Michael Laws did not! But full marks to both men for putting their bodies and reputations on the line for a great cause.