Co-Host of ‘Opie and Anthony’ Radio Show Fired After Racist Rant
Anthony Cumia, co-host of the "Opie & Anthony" SiriusXM radio show with Gregg “Opie” Hughes, went on a bizarre racist rant about black people yesterday on Twitter.
According to Jezebel.com, Cumia's bigoted tweets began when he claimed to have been assaulted by a black woman in New York City on Wednesday night. Cumia also claimed he was later harassed by "5 blacks.”
He says the incident began when he was taking pictures in Times Square and the woman didn't want to be photographed and punched him several times.
The SiriusXM radio show host said on Twitter he didn't want to "escalate the situation" by calling the police, but did call the black woman a "f----- c---."
The 53 year old also said she was lucky that he didn't shoot her with a gun that he was carrying, but did hope that "a home boy beats her to death."
Cumia expanded his attack on Twitter to include all black people, whom he referred to as "animals" and "savages" who "prey on white people."
In response to his tweets, Patrick Reilly, of SiriusXM, told BuzzFeed that Cumia had been fired:
SiriusXM has terminated its relationship with Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony channel. The decision was made, and Cumia informed, late Thursday, July 3 after careful consideration of his racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media. Those remarks and postings are abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents.
In response to his firing, Cumia tweeted: "Sirius decided to cave and fire me. Welcome to bizarro world. Fired for s--- that wasn't even on the air & wasn't illegal. So, who's next?"