Anthony Cumia of the "Opie & Anthony" radio show has been fired by SiriusXM, who cited his "racially charged" and "hate-filled" remarks on Twitter as the reason. SiriusXM spokesman Patrick Reilly said Friday that Cumia's remarks and postings were "abhorrent" to the satellite radio company.
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In addition to racial remarks, they also included tweets and retweets that were degrading to women. Reilly says the shock jock was fired late Thursday. Cumia's response Friday on Twitter included an obscenity in relation to SiriusXM. He says he was fired over material that was not aired and was not illegal.
Cumia made the remarks after he claimed he was punched by a black woman while taking pictures in New York's Times Square. He has refused to apologize.
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Anthony Cumia, left, of the radio show "Opie & Anthony," was fired from SiriusXM after a series of offensive tweets.
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First published July 4 2014, 12:24 PM