Popular radio hosts Kimberly and Beck were fired Wednesday morning after making what were viewed as racist comments during their show on 95.1 radio 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,” Bob Morgan, president of iHeartMedia’s Upstate New York Group. “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.”
In a YouTube video of the program, Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck were discussing the beating of a white woman who attempted to stop looters from damaging a jewelry store where she lives.
“Let me ask you a question, were they acting N-wordish,” Kimberly says.
“They were acting thuggerly,” Beck replies.
“Were they acting N-wordly?” Kimberly said.
She later says that “there are people in the black community who would say they are acting N-wordly.”
The show’s producer interjects several times during the conversation, telling Kimberly and Beck “you can’t say that” and apologizing to anyone who is offended.
Calls for their firing were immediate, including one from Deanna King of Batavia, who is on 95.1’s The Brother Wease Show.
“I have never and would never spew such racist hate,” she said on a Facebook post. “I’ve told management I won’t work at a company that employs people like this. I’m raising my children to love everyone and stand up for what is right. I will, too.”
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