Radio Hosts Suspended for Derogatory Statement about Whitney Houston
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Radio Hosts Suspended for Derogatory Statement about Whitney Houston

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Feb 17, 2012 at 4:51 AM PST
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Tributes to Whitney Houston are left outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel

John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou have been suspended for ten days following his derogatory joke about Whitney Houston. Kobylt and Chiampou co-host “The John and Ken Show” on KFI AM 640. Kobylt called Houston a “crack ho” during one of this week’s broadcasts and it didn’t take long for the radio station to suspend both hosts.

Kobylt and Chiampou have both apologized on air, saying that they used language that was not appropriate. They added their apologies to Houston’s family, as well as their listeners. The “joke” by Kobylt went on for a minute or more where he talked about Houston doing handstands by the pool, her family and friends having to deal with the “crack ho,” and then eventually finding her dead.

The radio duo is quite popular, although the station received hundreds of complaints for Kobylt’s remarks. The station issued a statement saying that they do not condone and will not tolerate these types of statements.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition CEO, Alex Nogales, does not believe that the apology and the suspension was enough. He said that the two men get to say what they want, apologize, and then get a few days off far too frequently. Nogales said that Los Angeles, California deserves better thanKobylt and Chiampou.

Houston was found dead in a bathtub in the Beverly Hilton Hotel last Saturday night. The cause of death has not been officially declared and it could take several weeks for a ruling. Houston was one of music’s greatest stars in the 1980s and early 1990s. However, she also battled drug and alcohol addiction, and her 15 year marriage to Bobby Brown was constantly in the tabloids with allegations of abuse. Houston’s funeral, which will be private and by invitation only, is this Saturday.

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A makeshift memorial to Houston is seen on a corner of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills
A makeshift memorial to Houston is seen on a corner of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills
Surya Gaire is based in Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Nepal, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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