Radio host wished for “nice school shooting” to interrupt Trump’s impeachment

Conservative radio show host Chuck Bonniwell has been fired after making a joke about a school shooting on-air in relation to Donald Trump’s impeachment. His wife and co-host Julie Hayden was also sacked.

Denver, Colorado’s conservative Christian radio station 710 KNUS canceled the “Chuck & Julie Show” on Wednesday. On the Tuesday afternoon episode of the show, Bonniwell tells Hayden, “You know, you wish for a nice school shooting to interrupt the monopoly.” Hayden immediately jumped in a failed attempt at damage-control by responding “No, no, don’t even say that! Don’t call us! Chuck didn’t say that.” The words have been quoted by a report published by outlet, Deadline.

Bonniwell, realizing his mistake, quickly followed up that “no one would be hurt” in his desired school shooting event.

The station has released a statement on the insensitive and distasteful remarks on Twitter. KNUS wrote on the social media platform:

“Given the history of school violence that has plagued our community, 710 KNUS confirms that an inappropriate comment was made on the Chuck & Julie show by co-host Chuck Bonniwell. A programming decision was made to end the program immediately.”

Bonniwell went on to release his own statement on the matter. Speaking to The Denver Post, he said “I made an inappropriate comment meant as a joke. I’m sorry it was not received in that way.”
Business Insider reports that the “Chuck & Julie Show” is set to be replaced by “America First” hosted by Sebastian Gorka. Gorka is a former official of the Trump administration.

Ben Hornery
Ben Hornery
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.
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