After thirteen years, the Opie era is over at SiriusXM.
As first reported this morning by The Interrobang, Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes has been terminated by SiriusXM for an undisclosed infraction. SiriusXM released a brief statement confirming the end of Hughes’ employment: “SiriusXM confirms it has terminated its relationship with Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes, host of the ‘Opie Radio Show’ weekday afternoons on the Faction Talk channel. SiriusXM does not publicly discuss internal personnel issues.”
Opie released a brief statement on twitter claiming he had no idea what was going on, while regular guest Sherrod Small confirmed the show was out. Unconfirmed rumors claim that the firing came after Hughes filmed a coworker in the bathroom without consent.
Sorry, but I can honestly say I have no idea exactly what's going on as I tweet this. More when I know.@instagram Live – OpieRadio
— opie radio (@OpieRadio) July 6, 2017
— Sherrod Small (@Sherrod_Small) July 6, 2017
Opie and former partner Anthony Cumia joined XM in 2004 following the expiration of their CBS Radio contract. For a period in 2007-2009 their show was split between some CBS Radio stations and XM until CBS ended the “Free-FM” Hot Talk brand. Cumia was fired three years ago this week and then Hughes moved from mornings to afternoons following a falling out with co-host Jim Norton last September.
All references to the Opie Show from 3-6pm eastern have been wiped from SiriusXM’s website and replays of the Jim Norton & Sam Roberts show now fill the timeslot on the Faction Talk channel.