SiriusXM announced today that it has fired Anthony Cumia, co-host of the popular radio show “Opie and Anthony,” after a he published a racist tirade on Twitter. The outburst occured after Cumia alleged he was assaulted by a black woman on the street. He called the woman an “animal bitch” and “savage,” among other things:
The satellite radio provider said they fired Cumia because his comments were “abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents.” But the comments also couldn’t have come as much of a surprise.
The show and the “shock jocks” who host it was previously fined by the FCC for a segment in 2000 in which “a 17-year-old girl was instructed to take off her panties and rub a telephone across her pubic area.” They were also fined in 2004 for a contest “in which people were encouraged to have sex in a public area.”
In 2007, the show was suspended by Sirius for letting a man they called “Homeless Charlie” wonder around the studio. The hosts spoke with Charlie about raping Condoleeza Rice and Laura Bush.