Posted June 18, 2013

Hosts fired by radio station for Steve Gleason skit

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Audio was released on a skit that made fun of ex-Saints safety Steve Gleason. (AP Photo)Gerald Herbert/AP

Audio was released of a skit that mocked ex-Saints safety Steve Gleason. The hosts were later fired. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Three individuals responsible for performing a radio skit mocking former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason were fired Monday after a New Orleans radio station obtained the audio and posted it on the station’s website.

Atlanta’s 790 AM’s “Mayhem in the AM” ran a segment Monday morning which made fun of Gleason’s speech and had someone pretending to be Gleason call in the show. Gleason, who suffers from ALS, speaks via a computer program. He played for the Saints from 2000-2007.

The audio, posted by station 106.1 WMTI The Ticket, is below.

“We deeply regret the offensive programming that aired this morning on “Mayhem In The AM” on 790 The Zone, related to former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS, ” said Rick Mack, 790 The Zone Sr. VP & General Manager in a statement. “We suspended the three individuals involved immediately following their comments and have since terminated their employment. 790 The Zone, our owners, sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support this kind of content. We sincerely apologize to Mr. Gleason, his family and all those touched by ALS.”

AUDIO: Steve Gleason skit 


10 comments
OK
OK

Nick Cellini,

If you want to do your best to help Steve Gleason, grab three cans of Drano, get your two on-air pals together, hand out a can to each of your pals and keep one for yourself, toast stupidity, and GUZZLE.

David G
David G

These clowns should never get another job behind a microphone again in their life.  No second changes for people this stupid.


Salinto
Salinto

Atlanta might as well forfeit their away game in New Orleans  The Falcons would be wise to take a full page in the Picayune apologizing and distancing themselves from 790.

riley8
riley8

Why do we give publicity to idiots like this?  Pay no attention to it.  Although I suspect sometimes that media scrutiny it what leads to their ultimate demise.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I did not click on the link to the skit. I have no intention of doing so,. And, SI, you shame yourself by having it it on your page. Obviously, those who wish to find will be able to, but for you to have the link shows you are as tasteless as those who performed the skit in the first place.

donald5
donald5

@riley8 I suppose publicizing it will give anyone who reads it something to think about before mocking people with life threatening illnesses.  Some people lack the decorum or empathy to understand that without being given real world examples of what happens when you are a complete jerk.

riley8
riley8

**is (what leads)

dayton52
dayton52

@Rickapolis No, you have to hear it to know just how disgusting and inhuman it was. 

they deserve more just being fired! Pigs!

iclasticons
iclasticons

Dayton: I don't think it is necessary to wallow in mud to know it is mud. Heck, you know the skit was completely unacceptable just by the apparent concept and the fact that the fools were fired. Disgusting, but then so much of morning radio is, these days. Rickapolis got it right, SI.