On Thursday, popular radio shock jocks John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou (pictured) of station KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles were suspended and forced to apologize for making insensitive and callous remarks about the late iconic songstress Whitney Houston, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The controversial tag team referred to Houston as a “crack h*” and then went on to say that she had been “cracked out for 20 years.” They also asked, “Really, it [Whitney's death]took this long?”
For their disrespectful remarks, Kobylt and Chiampou, who broadcast their show on weekday afternoons, were suspended by KFI station heads until February 27.
In a statement on the KFI website, the following apology was made to the listeners:
Effective immediately, KFI AM 640 hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou have been suspended for making insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late Whitney Houston.
KFI AM 640 Management does not condone, support or tolerate statements of this kind.”John Kobylt also released a statement:
We made a mistake, and we accept the station’s decision. We used language that was inappropriate, and we sincerely apologize to our listeners and to the family of Ms. Houston.
This is not the first incident for Kobylt and Chiampou. Just last year, they raised the ire of the Hispanic population, when they gave out the phone number of Jorge-Mario Cabrera, a local immigration rights advocate, on the air. In no time, Cabrera, a staff member with the Coalition of Humane Immigration Rights of L.A., reportedly received hundreds of hate-filled calls. The inappropriate move by the foul-mouthed pair was met with a major protest outside of their offices and also resulted in Verizon and AT&T Wireless pulling their advertising revenue from the station.