Ex-'Opie & Anthony' host won't apologize for rant

Ex-'Opie & Anthony' host won't apologize for rant

Posted: Updated:
(AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File). FILE - In a April 26, 2006 file photo, radio shock jocks Greg "Opie" Hughes, left, and Anthony Cumia, right, leave CBS Radio studios on 57th Street with fans after finishing their first morning show, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File). FILE - In a April 26, 2006 file photo, radio shock jocks Greg "Opie" Hughes, left, and Anthony Cumia, right, leave CBS Radio studios on 57th Street with fans after finishing their first morning show, in New York.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Police still investigating after burglar killed

    Police still investigating after burglar killed

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:23:11 GMT
    An 80-year-old man who came home to find two burglars said he shot and killed one of them despite her pleas that she was pregnant, but it's the woman's alleged accomplice who has been arrested on suspicion...More >>
    Prosecutors Friday were waiting for the results of a police investigation into the killing of a burglar by an 80-year-old California homeowner who says he shot the woman in the back as she fled his home and ran down an...More >>
  • Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law

    Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:15:50 GMT
    A federal appeals court is upholding a Florida law that restricts what doctors can discuss about guns with their patients.More >>
    A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't...More >>
  • Arizona's McCain: Execution was torture

    Arizona's McCain: Execution was torture

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:13:38 GMT
    U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent - and unusual - request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn't...More >>
    U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture.More >>

NEW YORK (AP) - Radio talk show host Anthony Cumia is offering no apologies for what satellite radio company SiriusXM called a hate-filled Twitter rant that got him fired.

The former co-host of the "Opie & Anthony" show was let go July 3 after tweeting his outrage at a woman he said punched him in the face on a New York street. Cumia responded in an interview early Saturday on Fox News' "Red Eye."

His tweets used an expletive degrading to women, and SiriusXM called them "racially charged." The woman he encountered is black.

He says he used words like "animal" and "savage" to describe people who resort to violence, not people of a certain race.

"How can you say it's not racist?" Fox co-host Andy Levy asked. "How can you say that?"

Cumia replied he was "talking about people that instantly go to violence" and it was a "misconception" that he was talking about all black people.

He noted that listeners have long heard his obscenity-laced comments, and he won't apologize for his Twitter outburst.

"People who listened to me on the air would have known, 'Yeah, he talks like that on the show all the time,'" Cumia told Fox. "For 10 years at SiriusXM, I had spoken like that, stringing together lines of obscenities in nonsensical fashion."

He said he believed no one had approached SiriusXM to say he should be fired.

"It was such a kneejerk reaction in this day and age," he said, adding, "I will never apologize for this. ... I didn't do anything wrong."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow