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Anthony Cumia, Host of Opie and Anthony, Fired by SiriusXM After Racist Twitter Rant
New York Daily News ^ | Friday, July 4, 2014 | Joe Kemp

Posted on 07/04/2014 11:51:31 AM PDT by nickcarraway

The show's over. The satellite radio company announced Friday that it axed the DJ after he fired off a string of racist tweets about a black woman he claimed punched him in Times Square. It was not immediately clear if Cumia's longtime co-host, Gregg (Opie) Hughes, would be allowed to continue their program.

Anthony Cumia was pulled off SiriusXM after the foul-mouthed shock jock went on a racist Twitter tear against a black woman he claimed punched him in Times Square.

The 53-year-old DJ, who's half of the Opie and Anthony show, was axed by the satellite radio company after Cumia fired off a string of angry missives about the alleged attack, calling the woman an “animal X” and a “savage.”

“SiriusXM has terminated its relationship with Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony channel,” Patrick Reilly, senior vice president of communications for the company, said in a statement Friday.

Reilly said Cumia was fired late Thursday “after careful consideration of his racially charged and hate-filled remarks on social media.”

It was not immediately clear if his co-host, Gregg (Opie) Hughes, would continue the show without his partner.

The company found Cumia's bigotted remarks “abhorrent” and said Cumia’s actions were “wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents,” Reilly said.

But Cumia argued on Twitter that he was only speaking his mind and that he was the real victim in the ordeal.

“Sirius decided to cave and fire me,” he tweeted on Friday. “Welcome to bizarro world. Fired for X that wasn’t even on the air & wasn’t illegal. So, who’s next?”

He said he wouldn’t apologize for any of the tweets he wrote since the alleged attack early Tuesday.

Cumia claims the woman punched him in the face after she realized she was in one of several pictures he had been taking at the Crossroads of the World.

“Then she punched me 5 more times,” the radio host tweeted. “She’s lucky I was a white legal gun owner or she’d be dead. Then 5 blacks started giving me X!”

Police were never called to the scene and no witnesses have come forward to speak of the alleged assault. Cumia argued that the alleged assailant sparked the race war by calling him a “white X”.

Cumia had claimed he didn’t pursue pressing charges because the woman — who he referred to as a “X” and a “savage” in a slew of tweets — because of his race.

“It doesn’t work! White guy/black ‘girl’. We’re doomed!” he wrote.

“It’s really open season on white people in this day in age,” he wrote in another post. “No recourse. Fight back and you’re a racist. The predators know this. Good luck.”

Cumia, who he hoped the woman would be shot, said he was unfairly labeled a racist.

“The switch to violence is immediate. No discussion, just violence,” he wrote. “When will THAT be addressed? Oh, right, never. Slavery did it? Oh, ok.”

In April, Cumia celebrated 20 years on the air with his co-host, Greg (Opie) Hughes. It was not immediately clear if Opie would continue the show without his partner.

A source said he was advised to keep quiet about the ordeal, but he did make one veiled referrence to the ordeal on his official Twitter account.

“Just spent a glorious day photographing the Wood Covered Bridges of Vermont,” Opie tweeted Thursday. “Did I miss anything?”

The comedians appeared several times on New York radio before they began their stint on the satellite channe


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Anthony Cumia, host of Opie and Anthony, fired by SiriusXM after racist Twitter rant
1 posted on 07/04/2014 11:51:31 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

What is the X-word mentioned in the story?


2 posted on 07/04/2014 11:54:03 AM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: nickcarraway

Nelson Muntz meme.

Ha ha.


3 posted on 07/04/2014 11:54:50 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: nickcarraway
It's always a good career move to get fired when you are in that business. It establishes your "cred" as a shock jock and you end up with a more lucrative offer somewhere else. This is the same guy who was canned at a Boston area station for pranking (on April 1) that the mayor of Boston was killed in a car wreck. He went on to make millions after that.

How do you think Howard Stern got to where he is today? He kept getting fired and then got hired somewhere else for more money. However, Stern is very smart. He hired a black, female sidekick who insulates him from any charges of sexism or racism.

5 posted on 07/04/2014 11:59:15 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: nickcarraway

Comaplaining about black assault = racist


6 posted on 07/04/2014 12:10:00 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: Viennacon

But all racial incidents are hoaxes, so it never happened.


7 posted on 07/04/2014 12:10:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SamAdams76

Yes but he remains an old school Northeast Italian at heart, with the belief once someone physically attacks you they can be called any name you want. Emotionally but not really intellectually defensible. I feel his pain.


8 posted on 07/04/2014 12:13:36 PM PDT by Williams
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To: nickcarraway

Good for him. He gets punched in the face - unprovoked - and HE’s the bad guy?


9 posted on 07/04/2014 12:13:41 PM PDT by Hildy (Falling down is how you grow. Staying down is how you die.)
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To: nickcarraway

Many racial incidents have proven to be hoaxes. Why not they are as in demand as global warming hoaxes? Do you have a problem with that fact?


10 posted on 07/04/2014 12:15:24 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Williams

A Northern Italian who believes all Catholics should be killed?


11 posted on 07/04/2014 12:16:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Williams

I do have a problem with hoaxes.


12 posted on 07/04/2014 12:17:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

All racial incidents are hoaxes

All gay-hate crime hoaxes are totally real


13 posted on 07/04/2014 12:25:27 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: nickcarraway

The writing in that article is so crappy it seems as if a random text generator produced it.

On the subject, the dude is a moron, he put himself in a harms way situation and THEN he let a girl kick his ass...


14 posted on 07/04/2014 12:31:42 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: El Zoro

The only reason I even kept Sirius was for NFL games, which I really don’t care about very much anymore. This is an easy call. I’m canceling on Monday.


15 posted on 07/04/2014 12:34:38 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (The greatest trick the Soviets ever pulled was convincing the world they didn't exist.)
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To: Chad_the_Impaler

What’s the difference between a band of pygmies and a girl’s track team? One’s a bunch of cunning runts and the other’s a bunch of ... you can fill in the blanks.


16 posted on 07/04/2014 1:03:19 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: nickcarraway

Is this the guy who has been on “Redeye”? I didn’t realize he was such a whiney pussy.


17 posted on 07/04/2014 1:09:13 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Hildy
He gets punched in the face - unprovoked - and HE’s the bad guy?

He provoked her. He included her in his photos in a public space without her permission. She had a right to kick his butt. < /sarc >

18 posted on 07/04/2014 1:21:17 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

Your canceling because they fired an virulent left wing anti-religious freak?


19 posted on 07/04/2014 1:41:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Should of been fired after the St.Patricks Cathedral stunt but he only offended Catholics


20 posted on 07/04/2014 1:56:30 PM PDT by italianquaker
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To: nickcarraway

He’s far from left wing. Crude, yes, but he’s a hardcore libertarian.

He was stupid for posting the rant, as it was sure to end like this in this environment. However, I’m canceling my subscription Monday as well. If you stray from the politically correct line, you don’t stand a chance. If the American people don’t start punishing companies for caving to the vocal minority who demand firings ever time they hear something they don’t like, speech will continue to be stifled to the point we’ll only be able to hear one viewpoint.

We are not far from that now. Free speech will not end due to government. We are doing it to ourselves by staying silent when others demand firings.


21 posted on 07/04/2014 1:56:35 PM PDT by VegasCowboy ("...he wore his gun outside his pants, for all the honest world to feel.")
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To: italianquaker

He was fired. Got picked up a couple of years after that by XM.


22 posted on 07/04/2014 1:57:35 PM PDT by VegasCowboy ("...he wore his gun outside his pants, for all the honest world to feel.")
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To: VegasCowboy

Thnx


23 posted on 07/04/2014 2:17:24 PM PDT by italianquaker
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To: nickcarraway

A short, flashy X calling his cousin an X. What else is new?


24 posted on 07/04/2014 2:38:26 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: nickcarraway

She punches him and then calls him a “white m-fer” he calls her a “n*****”. He gets fired.

Makes sense to anyone?


25 posted on 07/04/2014 5:38:54 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: nickcarraway

Sirius didn’t fire him for being anti-religious. That was perfectly acceptable to them.


26 posted on 07/04/2014 6:14:24 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (The greatest trick the Soviets ever pulled was convincing the world they didn't exist.)
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To: ozzymandus
Is this the guy who has been on “Redeye”? I didn’t realize he was such a whiney pussy.

Redeye radio has nothing to do with the Opie and Anthony show on XM.

27 posted on 07/04/2014 6:33:07 PM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: Axenolith

How did he put himself in harm’s way? He was taking a picture and accidentally got her in the picture. She slugged him What part of that was he supposed to have avoided?


28 posted on 07/04/2014 7:09:36 PM PDT by Hildy (Falling down is how you grow. Staying down is how you die.)
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To: nickcarraway
punched him in Times Square
Is that a euphemism?
29 posted on 07/05/2014 9:35:51 AM PDT by Citizen Zed ("Freedom costs a buck o five" - Gary Johnston, TAWP)
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To: USCG SimTech

“Redeye” is a TV show on FOX News and Anthony has been on it several times.


30 posted on 07/05/2014 12:31:55 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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