“Rochester radio hosts fired after making racist comments on air”
June 3, 2020 | 3:24pm
Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck, who host the program “Kimberly and Beck” on 95.1 FM, came under fire after the episode Tuesday in which they discussed a local couple who were attacked on video by a group of eight men, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported.
“Okay, let me ask you a question. Were they acting n-word-ish?” Ray said, according to the report.
Though she never used the actual slur, Ray asked again whether the attackers were behaving “n-word-ly.”
“If you look like a thug and if you act like a thug, and you’ve got three on one beating up a white woman with a two-by-four, by God, you’re a thug,” Beck reportedly said.
The pair then went on to discuss whether they can use the term “N-word” and backlash quickly ensued online, the outlet reported.
“You need to get rid of Kimberly and Beck ASAP for their ‘N-wordish’ and ‘thug; comments. This is NOT okay,” wrote one Twitter user.
Robert J. Morgan, president of the upstate New York market for iHeartMedia, which broadcasts the show, announced Wednesday that the duo was axed as a result of their remarks, according to the report.
“We made the decision to terminate Kimberly and Beck yesterday as soon as we learned of their comments and informed them early this morning,” Morgan said. “We will not tolerate this kind of behavior, which is antithetical to our core values and beliefs and to our commitment to our community and everyone in it.”