Reported by Kacie Whaley
Shock-jock Anthony Cumia of the Opie and Anthony radio show has been fired by SiriusXM radio after controversial remarks he made Tuesday on Twitter.
SiriusXM released a statement about cutting ties with Cumia:
SiriusXM has terminated its relationship with Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony channel. The decision was made, and Cumia informed, late Thursday, July 3, after careful consideration of his racially charged and hate-filled remarks on social media. Those remarks and postings are abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents.
Cumia, who had been hosting the radio show with Gregg “Opie” Hughes since 1995, claimed that his Twitter remarks were made after a black woman supposedly hit him repeatedly for capturing her in a picture.
“If I was an illegal savage I’d have shot her,” Cumia wrote in one of many tweets he sent regarding the incident. “I hope she gets killed.”
“The automatic jump to violence in that community is astounding. No discussion. It’s start punching at the least little thing. Uncivilized!!”
“It’s really open season on white people in this day and age. No recourse. Fight back and you’re a racist. The predators know this. Good luck.”
The 53-year-old sent out more tweets on Friday morning addressing his termination.
“Sirius decided to cave and fire me. Welcome to bizarro world…” he tweeted. “My posts on Twitter after I was assaulted were profanity laced indeed but racist? Nope. Why should I afford my attacker any courtesy. Insane.”
The incident with Cumia is reminiscent of the 2007 controversy involving Imus in the Morning radio host Don Imus. Imus made derogatory remarks against the Rutgers University women’s basketball team, and his radio program was cancelled shortly after. Imus had returned with a new radio show on ABC Radio and RFD-TV by December of the same year.
Click here to read Cumia’s tweets.