Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes has left the network after it suspended her over comments she made at a station fundraiser the other week.
A statement from the station's chairman, Charlie Kireker, and president, Mark Green, to be released Thursday says the popular progressive host decided to leave after the station suspended her over the off-air comments. The statement was obtained in advance by RAW STORY.
Last week Air America suspended Randi Rhodes for abusive, obscene language at a recent public appearance in San Francisco which was sponsored by an Air America affiliate station.
Air America Media was informed last night by Ms. Rhodes that she has chosen to terminate her employment with the company. We wish her well and thank her for past services to Air America.
We will soon announce exciting new talent and programming that will accelerate Air America's growth in the future.
A video of Rhodes referring to Sen. Hillary Clinton as a "whore" began circulating last week, and the station suspender the host soon after.
Rhodes' controversial statements towards Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro were videotaped last month during a fundraiser for a San Francisco progressive radio station. The program director of Green960, John Scott, said Wednesday that "it is our understanding that ... she [Rhodes] is no longer an employee of Air America." Industry publication Radio & Records followed-up on Scott's comments Thursday.
According to John Scott, PD of Clear Channel talk KKGN/San Francisco, suspended talker Randi Rhodes (pictured) and Air America network have parted company as of Wednesday (April 9). In a posting on the station Web site Scott says that on Monday (April 14), "it will be our pleasure to announce the return of Randi Rhodes to the Green 960 family."
Rhodes was suspended indefinitely last week by Air America following remarks she made at an appearance for KKGN where she called both Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro "f---cking bitches."
An official announcement is expected from Air America about Rhodes' departure on Thursday (April 10).
Air America did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and the details surrounding the host's reported separation from the network remain murky. Talk show host Sam Seder who had been filling in for Rhodes since her suspension, said he did not think the station would have fired her.
"I'd really be surprised if Air America fired Randi and would be extremely disappointed if that was the case," Seder said in an e-mail to RAW STORY. "My understanding was that she was returning from suspension within a day or two."
UPDATE: On Thursday, April 10, Nova M Radio Network announced that it has added The Randi Rhodes Show to its syndication lineup effective Monday, April 14. It is scheduled to air 3pm-6pm Eastern, Monday through Friday.
"I just can't stop smiling," says Nova M CEO John Manzo. "Randi is simply the biggest and the best. Randi Rhodes and Mike Malloy under one roof – talk about TALENT!"