?The Sun columnist Kelvin MacKenzie has had his contract with the newspaper “terminated by mutual consent”, ?the BBC have reported.
It comes after an article which compared Everton midfielder Ross Barkley to a gorilla, and resulted in the Sun issuing a formal apology.
In the column, MacKenzie wrote: “Perhaps unfairly, I have always judged Ross Barkley as one of our dimmest footballers.
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“There is something about the lack of reflection in his eyes which makes me certain not only are the lights not on, there is definitely nobody at home.
“I get a similar feeling when seeing a gorilla at the zoo. The physique is magnificent but it’s the eyes that tell the story.”
Everton have since banned Sun journalists from their stadium, while Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson reported Mr MacKenzie to police for “racial slurs”.
A News UK spokeswoman said: “Further to our statement on 15 April that Kelvin MacKenzie’s services as a columnist for the Sun were suspended, we can confirm that Mr MacKenzie’s column will not return to the Sun and his contract with News Group Newspapers has been terminated by mutual consent.”
Asked to comment about his departure from the newspaper, MacKenzie said: “I refuse to allow this latest controversy to cast a shadow over the decades of great times I have had with the Sun.
“There are plenty of opportunities out there and I agree with Winston Churchill who said: ‘Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm’.”