Triple M's Lawrence Mooney launches legal action against ex-employer

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Outgoing Triple M star Lawrence 'Moonman' Mooney has announced he's taking legal action against his former employer just hours after his departure was revealed.

Triple M's parent company, Southern Cross Austereo confirmed the 56-year-old comedian's exit from Sydney Breakfast show Moonman In The Morning in a press release on Monday morning.

Lawrence Mooney on Triple M Sydney Breakfast show Moonman in the Morning. Photo: Instagram/moonmaninthemorning.
Mooney joined Triple M's Sydney Breakfast show Moonman In The Morning in January 2019. Photo: Instagram/moonmaninthemorning.

Mooney lawyers up

By Monday afternoon, Yahoo Lifestyle was supplied with a statement from Mooney's legal rep, John Laxon of Pyrmont-based firm Laxon Lex.

The employment and media lawyer stated that he would be acting for Mooney, who he says is asking SCA to honour the contract that they allegedly 'brought to an end' ahead of its scheduled conclusion at the end of 2022.

"Employment and media lawyer John Laxon, of Laxon Lex today confirmed he is acting for Lawrence Mooney against Southern Cross Austereo Services Pty Ltd," the statement read.

"Mr Laxon said: 'My client has a contract which runs through to the end of next year, which SCA has brought to an end.

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"'The terms of that contract were drafted by SCA and were bargained for and agreed to by my client. He will hold SCA to those terms.

"'All my client asks is that SCA honour the contract and observe the contractual arrangements which they put in place.'"

SCA declined to provide comment when approached by Yahoo Lifestyle.

Lawrence Mooney and Jess Eva on Triple M Sydney Breakfast show Moonman in the Morning. Photo: Instagram/moonmaninthemorning.
Lawrence Mooney, with Triple M co-host Jess Eva, has officially departed Moonman in the Morning. Photo: Instagram/moonmaninthemorning.

Triple M star officially out

Mooney was absent without explanation from Moonman In The Morning for the past two weeks, leaving listeners scratching their heads.

After much speculation, his exit was confirmed in a brusque, four-sentence statement by SCA.

"SCA thanks Mooney for his contribution to the Triple M Network over the past five years," the statement read.

Mooney moved to Sydney to spearhead Triple M's breakfast show with I'm A Celebrity... star Jess Eva and Chris 'Pagey' Page in January 2019 after joining the network three years earlier.

Despite securing what Daily Mail alleges is a $2million a year salary for 2020/21, the introduction of the 'Moonman' failed to boost ratings as intended.

It's believed that the show will be renamed following Mooney's exit.

Mooney's name has already been removed from the bio section on the show's official Instagram account. Ex-NRL star Mark 'MG' Geyer's name has been added, following the November 3 announcement that he would be moving from the Triple M Sydney team to join Moonman in the Morning in 2022.

Mooney's time on Triple M was not without controversy, with the star raising eyebrows after branding Karl Stefanovic's ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn a 'nightmare' in 2019 and, the following year, using 'offensive language' on Studio 10.

It's unclear what Mooney will do next career-wise, however, he did launch his own podcast, Saturday Afternoon Fever back in August.

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