*The hosts of “Opie and Anthony” had very different responses to the recent racist scandal that tore apart their SiriusXM radio show.
After going on a tirade last week when he claimed that a woman assaulted him in New York City, Anthony Cumia was fired by the satellite-radio company July 3 but was back on Twitter on Monday talking about fans canceling their subscriptions, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“My buddy is canceling his Sirius service in front of me right now. They offered free service. Lol. Just to keep the sub #s there. Unreal,” wrote the DJ after his followers had formed a campaign, using the hashtag #CancelSiriusXM, to encourage the show’s listeners to revolt.
Meanwhile, longtime partner Gregg “Opie” Hughes wrote that he was “devastated” by the outcome of 53-year-old Cumia’s lengthy rant, which included calling a woman he claims punched him in Times Square on July 1 “an animal b**ch” and that he hoped she was “shot and killed.”
“Had a long talk with @SiriusXM me and @JimNorton will be back on the radio next Monday to start to figure this out,” Hughes wrote, referring to co-host and comedian Jim Norton.
Cumia still claims that his comments weren’t racist.
He tweeted, “’Animal & savage’ were directed at people, like the one who attacked, who resort instantly to violence. It was far from a generalization.”
Last week’s scandal wasn’t the first time Opie and Anthony, which began in 1995, has faced controversy. The show has been fined by the FCC twice. The first fine, for $21,000, covered broadcasts from 2000-01, which included a segment in which a 17-year-old girl was instructed to take off her panties and rub a telephone across her pubic area, as well as a song called “I’m Horny for Little Girls.”
A second 2004 fine saw Viacom — parent company of CBS Radio/Infinity-owned stations — pay $3.5 million to cancel all pending indecency claims against the show. At issue was a Sex for Sam contest, for which people were encouraged to have sex in a public place.