RADIO BAD BOYS
have been suspended for 30 days by XM Satellite Radio, one week after airing crude sex comments about
and one day after making light of the incident in their broadcast.
The pair's early-morning, airbrushed-for-mainstream-listeners stint on WYSP (94.1-FM) was expected to air as usual from 6 to 9 a.m. today, a spokesperson for the station's owner, CBS Radio, said. Those who pay to hear the show's uncensored commentary after 9 a.m. on XM will be out of luck.
"Comments made by Opie and Anthony . . . put into question whether they appreciate the seriousness of the matter," Washington-based XM said in a statement yesterday, and the suspension will "make clear that our on-air talent must take seriously the responsibility that creative freedom requires of them."
Opie and Anthony, who last week apologized for the sex comments, struck a more defensive tone on Monday's broadcast. They lamented the state of radio and what they termed excessive reactions to comments made by shock jocks.
"We're under the same scrutiny as [National Public Radio] - it doesn't make sense," they said. The pair also expressed sympathy for Don Imus, saying his career is now "gone, just because he was trying to entertain people."
Last month, Imus was dropped by cable network MSNBC and fired by CBS Radio for using derogatory terms to describe the Rutgers women's basketball team.
On May 9, Opie and Anthony, whose full names are Anthony Cumia and Greg "Opie" Hughes, aired a segment with a man they call Homeless Charlie. As the names of Rice, Bush and the queen came up, Charlie said in vulgar terms that he would like to have sex with each of them.
Opie and Anthony laughed as they imagined Rice's "horror" while describing a violent sexual encounter in which Rice is punched in the face.
Opie and Anthony were fired in 2002 by CBS Radio after broadcasting a call from two listeners who said they were having sex in New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral.
XM hired the pair in 2004. Because the show airs on satellite radio, it is not subject to regulation by the Federal Communications Commission.
Joe's gone mild
Cryin' Joe Francis was moved last night from his cell in Bay County Jail, Fla., to a facility in nearby Jackson County, TMZ.com reported. And soon, the porn peddler who made a fortune with his "Girls Gone Wild" videos could be off to federal quarters in Nevada to face tax-evasion counts.
Cryin' was moved last night from his cell in Bay County Jail, Fla., to a facility in nearby Jackson County, TMZ.com reported. And soon, the porn peddler who made a fortune with his "Girls Gone Wild" videos could be off to federal quarters in Nevada to face tax-evasion counts.
Francis was a no-show yesterday at a hearing to face charges of using minors in sexual performance. Perhaps he was just too upset.
Reportedly he'd been in tears daily over the rough conditions and even rougher company he was forced to keep at Bay County.
An official in the Florida state's attorney's office told TMZ that his office has filed a motion in federal court to prevent Francis from leaving the state.
Another low for Lindsay
Lindsay Lohan and her mother have been sued by a freelance photographer who claims the "Georgia Rule" actress hit him with a car in New York City.
and her mother have been sued by a freelance photographer who claims the "Georgia Rule" actress hit him with a car in New York City.
Photographer Giovanni Arnold claims he "sustained severe and permanent personal injuries" when he was struck on March 13 on Ninth Avenue between 12th and 13th streets in the West Village.
Lindsay was behind the wheel, though her mom, Dina Lohan, owns the car, a BMW, according to the suit.
Photographers were trailing the 20-year-old actress from a nightclub to the Hotel Gansevort in SoHo. Lohan reportedly told the New York Post in March that one of the photographers jumped on the hood of the car, accidentally knocking Arnold down.
According to Arnold's attorney, he was in front of the BMW when Lohan put it in reverse and then in drive, throwing him on the hood and then the ground. He said the actress stopped to check on Arnold before leaving.
Regrets, he's had a few
We leave you with these thoughts from the sage of excess, Iggy Pop, looking back in the latest issue of Guitar World mag:
We leave you with these thoughts from the sage of excess, , looking back in the latest issue of mag:
_ On his wild years with the Stooges: "We were all pulling chicks every weekend. We had absolutely no respect whatsoever for the conventions of human
life or civilization."
_ the University of Michigan undergraduate library. I got the idea to sing shirtless from a book that I read on Egyptology. I kept looking at the pharaohs and thought, these guys look bitchin', they never wear shirts."
_ On regret: "I don't voice my regrets; I use them. If there's something I'm disappointed in, I try to use it in the requisite improvement." *
Howard Gensler is on vacation.