WBZA Rochester Morning Hosts Fired For Transgender Hate Comments
This morning Entercom fired Kimberly and Beck effective immediately.
Their hateful comments against the transgender community do not represent our station or our company. We deeply apologize to the transgender community, the community of Rochester, and anyone else who was offended by their comments. We are proud of our past work on behalf of the local LGBT community and we remain committed to that partnership.
The issue stemmed from Rae stating, “The services that will be paid for under the new coverage: gender reassignment surgery, psychological counseling, because you’re probably a nut job to begin with, that’s my opinion, hormone therapy, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.”
The duo were initially suspended following the comments, which led to Rae doubling-down by tweeting to a since deleted account “Freedom of Speech includes the freedom to offend others. You aren’t granted a right to not be offended in this life #getoverit #ROC”.
The duo had just returned from a previous suspension earlier in the week. Audio of the offending segment can be heard here: