Still recovering from the Don Imus scandal, CBS Radio suspended two New York-based hosts after they twice broadcast a racially charged prank call that targeted employees at a Chinese restaurant.
The hosts of the daily morning show, WFNY-FM’s “The Dog House With JV and Elvis,” have been suspended “until further notice” without pay, CBS Radio spokeswoman Karen Mateo said Tuesday. One of the hosts, Jeff Vandergrift, apologized twice on Monday’s show, she said.
Local chapters of the Organization of Chinese Americans, an advocacy group, released a statement Sunday protesting the segment. By Monday, California State Sen. Leland Yee and others joined the campaign.
In the segment, broadcast on April 5 and again last week, a caller to a Chinese restaurant intersperses an order for takeout with lewd language and racial slurs.
The caller tells one female employee he wants to come to the restaurant to see her naked and refers to a part of her body as “hot, Asian, spicy.”
The caller attempts to order “shrimp flied lice” and refers to a male employee as “Chinese man” before claiming himself to be a student of kung fu.
At one point he refers to a part of the employee’s body as a “tiny egg roll.”
The show’s hosts, Vandergrift and Dan Lay, have been campaigning online and on the air in support of Imus since his firing for making sexist and racist comments about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.
There was no telephone listing for Vandergrift in the New York metropolitan area. A call Tuesday morning to a Daniel Lay in New York City was not immediately returned.
Mateo said Tuesday that CBS Radio is currently broadcasting reruns of the show.
Community advocates pushed for CBS to fire the hosts of the show, which can be heard only in the New York City area and on the Internet.
“If they don’t fire the DJ’s, it will be a double standard,” said Vicki Shu Smolin, president of the New York City chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans.
Mateo declined to comment on the possibility of firing the hosts.