Radio Hosts Suspended for Calling Whitney a ‘Crack Ho’

February 17, 2012  |  

Don’t people know you should never speak ill of the dead—especially when you’re just trying to be sensational. Two LA radio hosts learned that lesson the hard way when they were pulled off of the air for making insensitive remarks about Whitney Houston this week.

John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of KFI AM 640 were immediately suspended after calling the late singer a “crack ho” and saying she was “cracked out for 20 years.” They also gave a less than sensitive account of her last days, saying she was doing hand stands at parties and “babbling like an idiot.” The radio station’s management said that it does not condone, support, or tolerate statements of this kind, which is why the men were taken off the air.

As is customary, an apology was issued, with Kobylt saying, “We made a mistake, and we accept the station’s decision. We used language that was inappropriate, and we sincerely apologize to our listeners and to the family of Ms. Houston.”

The hosts don’t have too long to mull over their poor choice of words. They’ll be retuning to air on Feb. 27. Only time will tell what impact a two-week suspension will have on these shock jocks.

Listen to the clip of their morning show on Eurweb.com. Do you think their short suspension is enough?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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