Anthony Cumia, 'Opie & Anthony' Co-Host, Fired For 'Racially Charged' Tweets
Opie & Anthony co-host Anthony Cumia (right) has been fired by SiriusXM after a rant on Twitter that featured ‘racially charged’ postings about a woman who allegedly attacked him.
Anthony Cumia Fired
Cumia claimed on Tuesday that a woman had punched in the face in New York’s Times Square. He alleged that she became irate when she realized he was in a picture he was taking of the Manhattan landmark, called him a “white mother f—ker” and went on to punch him.
In his retelling of events over social media, he called the woman a “pig face worthless meat sack,” adding, “This was an animal. I shoulda smashed it's face [sic]."
"She's lucky I was a white legal gun owner or she'd be dead," Cumia continued. "Then 5 blacks started giving me s–t!"
After his series of tweets, the shockjock was confronted on Twitter. In response to the backlash, Cumia was indignant.
"It's really open season on white people in this day and age," Cumia wrote. "No recourse. Fight back and you're a racist. The predators know this. Good luck."
Over the course of the week, Cumia stubbornly refused to remove the controversial tweets from his Twitter page. In the end, SiriusXM, which hosts Opie & Anthony, made the decision to fire him.
"Those remarks and postings are abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents," the satellite radio company said in a statement.
It’s unknown if or how Gregg “Opie” Hughes will continue to work with SiriusXM now that his longtime partner is no longer welcome on the satellite radio station.