“To the Richardsons of this world… a guy you’ve had on your show… he’s been dumping all over me, calling me ‘white pus’ and ‘cancer’ and what have you… it’s all defamatory. He knows what he’s done,” Peters told The Project.
“All I said was, ‘For those people, darn good riddance… you know why they call him [Richardson] ‘Rigor’? Because he was so slow at the bat. Like Rigor Mortis.”
Co-host Kanoa Lloyd then intervened, urging the two men to put aside their ongoing differences.
“Do you reckon you could just choose to both be the grown-ups that you are and treat each other respectfully from here on in?” she asked Peters.
“Because those comments did have a real effect on the hundreds and hundreds of people that are threatened with the sale of this company, worried about how to get the bills paid in the future.”
Peters said he “completely understands”.
“I can recall in 2008 a five-month attack on New Zealand First and Winston Peters. I had staff crying… I understand that…all I’m saying is things are swings and roundabouts so to speak,” he argued.
“To The Project, a fantastic broadcasting publication… we’re not going to walk away from it all.
“All I’m saying is to the odd person, when you attack someone… don’t expect to get away with it. I have been attacked.”