ClubsNSW said its board met today to discuss the comments made by Landis.
“After careful consideration, the board has made the decision to end Landis’ employment with ClubsNSW with immediate effect,” ClubsNSW said in a statement.
“The board acknowledges Josh Landis’ exemplary service to the industry over more than 15 years over some very difficult times.
“The board will consider its next steps and has no further comment at this point in time.”
Independent MPs, including Alex Greenwich, Joe McGirr and Helen Dalton, had called on Landis to resign, while other senior MPs on both sides of politics criticised the comments after the story was published this morning.
NSW Labor leader Chris Minns said there was no place for “that kind of sectarian and discriminatory language in NSW politics”.
Landis had earlier apologised for the remarks.
“The comments were made during a phone call with a journalist late yesterday afternoon, who asked why I believe the premier is so insistent on introducing a mandatory cashless system and other gaming reforms,” he said.
“I want to make it clear that in answering the question I misspoke and should not have referred to the premier’s faith.
“This was not a premeditated comment or an intentional attack on the premier personally, rather it was a poor attempt to explain that there is a lack of evidence for the policy and the premier is a moral person who intrinsically wants to help those who are causing themselves harm.”
He said he had contacted Perrottet earlier to apologise.
“I would like to take this opportunity to unreservedly apologise publicly for any offence caused,” he said.
This morning Perrottet told The Sydney Morning Herald Landis’ future was a matter for the ClubsNSW board but his comments were “inappropriate and offensive”.
“Those comments aren’t an attack on me, they are an attack on every single person of faith in our state,” Perrottet said.
“We live in a tolerant state, a tolerant country, and there is no place for comments like that in modern Australia.”