Former Radio Hosts Apologize for Transphobic Rant

Kimberly and Beck, the two New York radio hosts who were fired for making transphobic remarks, have issued an apology for their comments.

The hosts, formerly of 98.9 The Buzz, released the following statement to All Access, among other media outlets.

“We are very sorry for the hurt and pain we have caused anyone, especially those in the Transgender community and their friends and families. What we said and the manner in which we handled ourselves was wrong; we take full responsibility and we deeply apologize to any and all that we offended.

Our attempt was to discuss a controversial healthcare issue; however our lack of sensitivity and understanding of the Transgender people and their plight created 12 minutes of radio we that wish we could take back.”

They also said that they “fully understand Entercom’s position and their decision to dismiss us”. Entercom is the parent company of 98.9 The Buzz, where Kimberly and Beck hosted the “Breakfast Buzz” program. They added:

“It is our hope that this situation can be a time of learning and understanding about the Transgender community and not a time for additional anger and insensitivity. This is a community of individuals who struggle painfully to be themselves and find the support and comfort they deserve. We believe that this can be a chance for all of us to stop the ignorance and find our humanity.”

The pair were at first suspended on May 21st, before being officially let go. The offending broadcast can be found below.

Tags: , , , , ,

Comments