Anthony Cumia, fired host of Sirius XM’s “Opie and Anthony Show,” defended himself today during his first post-scandal TV appearance.
Cumia was given the boot after making racially-charged comments on Twitter last week.
“I will never apologize for this; I didn’t do anything wrong,” Cumia said on Fox’s “Red Eye” on Saturday morning, as reported by Mediaite. “I go off on tears like this. I curse. I say horrific things about people who piss me off and that’s exactly what I did. Why am I going to apologize and say I am different or I changed? I haven’t. It would be a phony bogus apology. If it happened again, I would do the same thing.”
Cumia, who called a black woman a “pig” and “an animal” after she allegedly punched him in the face for trying to take a photo, said his comments weren’t racist as he wasn’t referring to all black people, just those who happen to be violent.
The radio shock jock described SiriusXM’s actions as “hypocritical” because he hasn’t been punished before for making similar comments on air for 10 years.
“To fire me for something on social media is kind of hypocritical, I think,” Cumia said. “There wasn’t even any outrage. No one approached SiriusXM and said ‘Oh my God, you’ve got to fire him.’ It was such a kneejerk reaction in this day and age.”