Sports talk hosts fired for offensive bit

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Did 790 make right call firing its morning hosts?

  • Yes. The bit was in poor taste. 65%
  • No. The punishment was too harsh. 14%
  • No. A suspension was more in order. 21%

138 total votes.

ATLANTA — The hosts of local sports talk radio morning show "Mayhem in the AM" were fired by the station Monday after they did a bit poking fun at former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who is suffering from ALS.

According to its Web site, management at 790 The Zone initially suspended the hosts — Steak Shapiro, Chris Dimino and Vince Cellini — before later announcing that they had been terminated for the bit, which aired Monday morning during the show.

"We deeply regret the offensive programming that aired this morning on 'Mayhem In The AM' on 790 The Zone, related to former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS. We suspended the three individuals involved immediately following their comments and have since terminated their employment," said Rick Mack, 790 The Zone Sr. VP & General Manager. "790 The Zone, our owners, sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support this kind of content. We sincerely apologize to Mr. Gleason, his family and all those touched by ALS."

The bit included one of the hosts acting as Gleason calling into the station, using an exaggerated robotic voice. Gleason authored a column on Sports Illustrated's Web site on Monday, using his eyes and special computer technology to author the piece.

Cellini apologized on Twitter, writing: "My apologies to everyone. It was a stupid attempt at humor that backfired. Emphasis on stupid."

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kevin 1 year, 5 months ago


Justice. What a stupid bunch of radio people. I bet some Falcon players were laughing about the show as well, but of course, they won't be fired. They are football players, who are protected by coaches and staff.


CoachT 1 year, 5 months ago

Yes the bit was in bad taste. Yes they should have been at least suspended from the station. But can we stop asking for anybody who says anything offensive to lose their job? Grow up people. If you don't like what they are saying, stop listening to them. If enough people stop listening then they will be replaced with someone else.


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