“She’s lucky I was a white legal gun owner or she’d be dead.” UPDATE: SiriusXM told BuzzFeed Cumia has been fired, and all of his tweets for months have been deleted. (NSFW language.)
1. Update – July 7, 11:52 a.m. ET:
2. SiriusXM DJ Anthony Cumia, co-host of long-running radio program The Opie and Anthony Show, said he was fired Friday after launching into an extended racist tirade on Twitter, claiming a woman in Times Square assaulted him on Tuesday.
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Patrick Reilly, SiriusXM’s senior vice president of communications, told BuzzFeed in a statement that the DJ had been let go late Thursday night.
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.
Cumia — who was paid $3 million a year — continued to tweet about the incident, insisting he has no interest in apologizing because he “did nothing wrong.” But by Saturday, his tweets from roughly the last six months, including those in the rant, had all been deleted, and nearly all of his tweets were gone by Monday.
Sirius decided to cave and fire me. Welcome to bizarro world. Fired for shit that wasn't even on the air & wasn't illegal. So, who's next?
RT @BDGallof: so, ant… Anything you regret lately? Would you do anything over? -I was assaulted taking pics. I did nothing wrong. So, no
I wouldn't apologize. I'm not sorry. Talk to you all after a great summer!
It is not yet clear whether co-hosts Gregg “Opie” Hughes and Jim Norton will continue the show without their partner, and the two both wrote vague comments about the situation on Twitter.
For 10 years, @AnthonyCumia has made me laugh harder than anyone alive. No one has silenced me, I just have no idea what happens next.
Just spent a glorious day photographing the Wood Covered Bridges of Vermont. Did I miss anything?
On Wednesday night, Cumia said he was trying to take pictures of Times Square when a woman got angry for being caught in his frame.
The 53-year-old host said the woman objected to being in the photos and started punching him. He said after calling her a name she punched him repeatedly, and was then harassed by “5 blacks.”
Though he never filed a police report, he then took to Twitter to tell his story and rail against “animals” who “prey on white people”:
Or maybe a pic of the city with no one in it.
The cunt animal kept walking into my arm I had up as a block saying “DONT TOUCH ME!”Then would hit me. I hope a home boy beats her to death
The automatic jump to violence in that community is astounding. No discussion. It's start punching at the least little thing. Uncivilized!!
30. He also seems to regret not fighting back.
RT @KyleScutch: Did u hit her back -I was fooled by my upbringing. “Don't hit a woman”. But this was an animal. I shoulda smashed it's face
There's a deep seeded problem with violence in t