Update 7/30: The Boston Globe reports that Fox will restore it advertising to Entercom’s stations and once again allow its employees to appear on-air following the one-week suspension of WEEI’s Kirk Minihane.
A statement from Fox Sports Senior Vice President of Media Relations Lou D’Ermilio read, “We appreciate Entercom’s recognition and response to the inappropriate comments made by the WEEI host. It is our sincere hope both organizations can now move forward.”
Original Report 7/25: In the wake of multiple sexist comments made by Kirk Minihane on 93.7 WEEI Boston’s “Dennis and Callahan” morning show, Fox is dropping its association with all stations owned by Entercom nationwide.
By now you are no doubt aware of the incidents that occurred on-air at your Boston station WEEI on July 15 and again on July 22, I am referring to the obnoxious comments made by Kirk Minihane on the “Dennis and Callahan” show regarding one of our Fox on-air personalities, Erin Andrews.
As we have previously stated to various media outlets, the comments made by Mr. Minihane were boorish and sexist. Further, the “apology” made by Mr. Minihane was juvenile and insincere. To make matters worse, the “apology” was posted under a banner (allegedly approved by your Boston VP and Market Manager, Phil Zachary) hailing “The Triumphant Return of Kirk Minihane.”
I had hoped by this time we might hear a sincere apology from WEEI, or perhaps someone from your office might have reached out to Fox (which through our film and television businesses is a significant advertiser on Entercom stations). However, none of that has been forthcoming, and needless to say we are disappointed.
I have discussed this issue with our senior management and our various senior marketing executives. At their recommendation, I am writing to inform you that going forward Fox’s entertainment and sports businesses will not be advertising on your stations for the foreseeable future.
I regret that we need to take this action, but as one of our executives reminded me, “sometimes you need to vote with your feet.”
I trust you will discuss our decision with your staff at WEEI.
The decision to pull advertising will include all Fox properties including the Fox television network and the 20th Century Fox movie studio.
Update: After this story began making the rounds, Chad Finn of the Boston Globe reported that Entercom has suspended Kirk Minihane one week.
Kirk Minihane’s statements regarding Erin Andrews were offensive and deplorable. It is clear by the response from our listeners, advertisers, and employees that Kirk’s efforts to apologize and make this right have been insufficient and ambiguous. We want to make it unequivocally clear that his comments were unacceptable and do not reflect Entercom’s values and standards. As a result, we have suspended Kirk for the upcoming week.
Additionally regional sports network NESN will drop its simulcast of the Dennis & Callahan show when its contract expires in September. Hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan’s contracts with WEEI expire at the same time. Minihane joined the show as a regular co-host in February 2013.