In a statement released to the media, SiriusXM confirms the controversial radio personality was fired Thursday.
“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,” the company stated. “Those remarks and postings are abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents.”
As we reported, Cumia’s encounter with the unnamed black woman resulted when he claims she assumed the pictures he took of the street in Times Square were of her. The radio host goes on to say that the woman was so upset with him for taking the pictures that she physically attacked him. In addition to being punched by the woman, Cumia alleges that five black men were also involved in the altercation when they began to harass him verbally.
Cumia ultimately took to Twitter to air out his frustration over the alleged attack in a series of racially offensive tweets. Among the labels Cumia used to describe the woman who attacked him were “savage,” “animal b*tch” and “c**trag.” These labels as well as his desire that a “homeboy beats her to death” and the hope that “she gets killed” were enough to motivate Sirius XM to terminate Cumia
Despite the racist nature of the tweets, Cumia has amassed his share of defenders.
“He didn’t call black people animals, he called a specific black person an animal. The article is trying to make the tweets more provocative then they were. Mr. Cumia may not be the most racially sensitive gentlemen, but calling these tweets racist is a stretch,” a commenter on the Hollywood Reporter wrote.