KFI Suspends John And Ken For Whitney Houston Remarks
courtesy All Access Music Group February 16, 2012
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KFI-A/LOS ANGELES has suspended afternoon stars JOHN KOBYLT and KEN CHIAMPOU for what the station termed "insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late WHITNEY HOUSTON."
The remarks in question, said by KOBYLT on TUESDAY's show and circulated, said of how people in HOUSTON's life likely dealt with the singer's decline, "She's been cracked out for 20 years, and we heard how obnoxious she was these parties, I mean, she's doing handstands, she's babbling like an idiot, running around ... she's a mess ... She's been doing this for 20 years.... So, how much of a pain in the ass do you think she was? Can you imagine, you're CLIVE DAVIS, and she has not been -- she has not had her head screwed on right for 20 years? At some point you’re just sick of it all, and so is everybody else in the industry, all her friends and hangers on, everybody who knew had to deal with her, it’s like, 'ah, Jesus, here comes the crack ho again, what’s she gonna do; Oh, look at that, she’s doing handstands next to the pool. Very good, crack ho, nice.' After a while, everybody’s exhausted. And then you find out she’s dead. It’s like, 'really ... took this long?'"
The clip was seized upon by rival talk host ANDRE MICHAEL EGGELLETION, who objected to the comments and played them on his show and posted the clip on his website.
"KFI AM 640 management does not condone, support or tolerate statements of this kind," a statement issued by KFI THURSDAY afternoon read.
KOBYLT said in the release, "We made a mistake, and we accept the station's decision. We used language that was inappropriate, and we sincerely apologize to our listeners and to the family of Ms. HOUSTON." At the beginning of what would have been his show TODAY, KOBYLT reiterated his apology while talking to middayer BILL CARROLL, filling in. "I am sorry, I said it, I was wrong," KOBYLT told CARROLL.
JOHN AND KEN will return to the air on MONDAY (2/27).