Updated: June 03, 2020 08:58 AM
Created: June 03, 2020 06:17 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — iHeart Media has fired local radio hosts Kimberly and Beck after making racist comments Tuesday.
“We made the decision to terminate Kimberly and Beck yesterday as soon as we learned of their comments and informed them early this morning," Robert J. Morgan, the president of the Upstate New York iHeartMedia Markets Group, said in a statement early Wednesday morning. "We will not tolerate this kind of behavior, which is antithetical to our core values and beliefs and to our commitment to our community and everyone in it.”
During a live broadcast on 95.1 Tuesday, the pair were talking about the violence in Rochester over the weekend and referenced a video of a group of men beating a couple with a 2 x 4 on Monroe Avenue.
Kimberly Ray can be heard asking if the men were acting "N-wordly." Barry Beck followed up by saying, "If you look like a thug, act like a thug and you have three people beating a white woman with a 2 x 4, by god, you're a thug."
A show producer could be heard saying," You can't say that."
Rochester Deputy Mayor James Smith posted on Facebook stating that the radio hosts are "known racists and homophobes who shouldn't be broadcasting anything anywhere."
The deputy mayor also asked the public to call the radio's advertising office to "let them know you won't buy their advertiser's products while they continue to give these two dim wits a forum for hate speech."
Monroe County lawmaker Rachel Barnhart also called the comments by the two shock-jocks racist.
In a tweet Tuesday night, Alex Yudelson, the mayor's chief of staff and a candidate for the 138th State Assembly District, called on iHeart Media to terminate Ray and Beck immediately for their "unbelievably vile, racist comments."
I am calling on @Radio_951 and @iHeartRadio to terminate Kimberly and Beck immediately for these unbelievably vile, racist comments. They have no place anywhere in society, but especially in the city of Frederick Douglass. #ROC https://t.co/zE4WT0RT73— Alex Yudelson (@AlexYudelson) June 2, 2020
This isn't the first time the two have found themselves in hot water over their comments. The radio hosts were fired from Entercom radio in 2014 for comments deemed offensive, after an on-air rant over the expansion of transgender healthcare benefits.
On Monday, iHeart Radio tweeted a statement condemning discrimination, injustice and prejudice.
Our official company statement. pic.twitter.com/loYGjy1kEn— Radio 95.1 (@Radio_951) May 31, 2020
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