The comedian, radio host and panto star released a statement via Twitter.
It follows a series of allegations about inappropriate behaviour that emerged both online and in newspapers over the weekend. Here’s what he had to say-
"I have been completely taken aback by reports in the media and on the social networks over the weekend, and by the scale and tone of the vitriol. While my conduct, which had been in keeping with my flamboyant and outrageous public persona may be regarded as offensive and unacceptable by many people, I at no time intended to upset anyone.
"Up until now, I had been unaware of these complaints or the impact of my conduct and I am truly sorry for any distress I may have caused in what I had regarded as light-hearted and good-natured circumstances.
"Although, on legal advice, cannot comment on specific allegations at the present time, I nonetheless sincerely apologise to anyone I may have genuinely offended.
"I am grateful to Today FM, the Olympia Panto and TV3 for the space and time I've been granted to deal with the situation. I have however come to the personal decision that I need time away from the spotlight after decades in the entertainment industry. I have informed Today FM that I am resigning from the station with immediate effect.
"To my family, colleagues, friends and fans I thank you for your many, many messages of support."
And the tweet itself:
— Al Porter (@TheAlPorter) November 19, 2017
On Saturday evening TV3 cancelled a repeat broadcast of Blind Date, which Porter hosted, stating that- “TV3 is aware of the allegations made against Al Porter. TV3 takes any allegations of this nature very seriously and decided it would be inappropriate to broadcast the repeat of the final episode of Blind Date scheduled for this evening (Saturday 18th November). TV3 has no further comment to make at this time.”