Two Los Angeles-based shock jocks have been suspended by their station after calling the late Whitney Houston a "crack ho," according to the Daily News. John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, known as John and Ken on KFI in Los Angeles, apologized for their comments and accepted their 10-day suspension.
In a statement, Kobylt apologized, saying, "We made a mistake. We used language that was inappropriate and we sincerely apologize to our listeners and to the family of Ms. Houston."
What made this even worse was that their comments came directly after news broke of Houston's death.
During an on-air discussion Saturday, the duo said, "At some point you're just sick of it all, and so is everybody else in the industry. All her friends and hangers-on; everybody who had to deal with her.
“It's like, 'Ah, Jesus, here comes the crack ho again, what's she gonna do? Ah, look at that — she's doin' handstands next to the pool. Very good, crack ho.' After a while, everybody's exhausted. And then you find out she's dead. It's like, ‘Really? Took this long?' "
KFI also released a statement calling the comments insensitive and inappropriate: "KFI management does not condone, support or tolerate statements of this kind."
While these comments were totally out of line and deserved not just a suspension but a firing, we wonder what these station owners expect when they hire "shock jocks." If anyone should join these two in the unemployment line, it's the station owners. You can't hire radio jocks and give them free rein to say anything and everything they want and then, when they do, act as if you didn't hire them for that reason.
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