WPHT host Chris Stigall apologizes for mocking cancer victim featured on Ellen
On Monday, cancer patient and Phillies super fan Julie Kramer appeared on the Ellen show as part of a series featuring interviews with inspiring women. The uplifting appearance included a check for $10,000 and a basket filled with Phillies swag, brought out by second baseman Chase Utley.
Unfortunately, WPHT 1210 AM morning host Chris Stigall couldn't leave well enough alone. On Tuesday's show, Stigall had to rain all over Ellen's gift, noting that Utley might not even be on the roster next season:
"You know Chase Utley's not going to be around to take the cancer patient to the games. It's a nice invite, but he won't even be there."
If that wasn't bad enough, Stigall then decided to mock Kramer, pointing out the 23-year-old Tabernacle resident battling stage 4 synovial sarcoma might not survive through 162 games:
"Plus, it's probably terminal what that woman has. You think she's going to live through an entire season?"
During Wednesday's show, Stigall issued an awkward apology for his comments, claiming simultaneously the comments he made were beneath him while also blaming "people who wish to do me harm professionally" for taking his words out of context.
"I know my heart and intent was something very different than my words, but that doesn't matter. It is my prayer that Mrs. Kramer was successful in her battle," Stigall said. "And my thoughtless attempt at a joke about our show conveyed a sentiment that came off as much different. And for that, I am sincerely sorry."
Stigall went on to apologize to Julie Kramer, Chase Utley, Ellen DeGeneres and the entire Phillies organization, noting that all have his "very, very sincere apology."
No word if Stigall will be disciplined for his comments by WPHT.
Here's the clip from Monday's show that has generated all the controversy: