ALAN Jones has defended the sincerity of his apology to Prime Minister Julia Gillard over comments he made about her late father, claiming the "unbridled hatred" directed at him from parts of the media is motivated by jealousy.

The broadcaster returned to air this morning for the first time since his remarks, made at a Sydney University Liberal Club function 10 days ago, were made public late on Saturday.

Jones opened his show on 2GB at 5.30am explaining how he came to know his comments had been published, and questioning critics who suggested his public apology on Sunday was qualified or insincere.

"I made no qualification then to my apology and I make none now," he said.

"Of course, when I opened the press conference to the media a range of questions were asked of me, which bore on public policy and the performance of the Gillard government and my attitude to all of that.

 

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