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WhoDat!656 06-17-2013 09:28 PM

Transcript of Atlanta radio show segment mocking Steve Gleason's ALS affliction
 
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Steak Shapiro, Nick Cellini and Chris Dimino, radio hosts of "Mayhem in the AM," a sports show for Atlanta's "790 the Zone," made former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason and his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) affliction the punchline of their jokes in an ill-advised segment Monday morning. The three hosts, perhaps realizing the gag was in poor taste, awkwardly mocked Gleason in a three-minute segment filled with pauses and uncomfortable laughter.

After a firestorm of outrage ignited on social media following the segment, the three hosts were suspended for their participation. NOLA.com | Times-Picayune columnist Jeff Duncan, a personal friend of Gleason's, has called for the hosts to be fired.

In an audio obtained by New Orleans radio station 106.1-FM, the segment opened by discussing Gleason, who is battling the debilitating disease that attacks motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, atrophying the muscles and eventually causing paralysis. Gleason wrote a guest column in Sports Illustrated on Monday with his eyes, as he is no longer able to move or talk due to the progression of his disease.

"Is he doing like, a media tour?," one of the hosts asked.

"I'm not really sure," another responded. "I know he did this. Joining us right now, Steve Gleason."

Someone posing as Gleason "called" into the show, pausing to breathe heavily before asking Steak Shapiro how his daughter Nola was doing.

"Nola's great, we had a great Father's Day yesterday," Shapiro responded. "Are you listening in New Orleans?"

"I am," the voice responded. "Chris, how was the Jersey Shore?"

At this point, Dimino paused for several seconds before laughing awkwardly and responding "I just don't know if I want to play."

"I wish I could play," responded the voice, before starting a knock-knock joke.

Despite the apparent reservation, the three hosts continued with the gag for another two minutes.

"Now, Steve, we do knock knocks on Thursdays, we don't do it on Mondays," said one of the hosts. "We just started doing that again. We do it on Thursdays."

"I may not be here on Thursday," the voice said, before starting the joke again.

"Who's there?" a host asked.

"I," said the fake Gleason.

"I who," the host asked.

"I blame Gregg Williams," the fake Gleason said.

The voice had another joke with the punchline "smother me, do me a favor," before ending the segment with one more knock-knock question.

"Knock knock," the voice mocking Gleason said.

"There's a third one huh?" One of the hosts said. "God help me. Who's there Steve?"

"I'm," responded the voice.

"I'm who?," the host responded.

The voice mocking Gleason said: "I'm going to hell."

"Yes, you are," the host said while laughing awkwardly. "There you have it."


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Luda34 06-17-2013 09:30 PM

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That's not funny at all even for a radio show.

Halo 06-17-2013 09:32 PM

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The clowns who did this were fired.

|Mitch| 06-17-2013 09:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Halo (Post 508548)
The clowns who did this were fired.

They got off easy; I hope there's a special place in Hell for people like that... :rolleyes:

darksoul35 06-17-2013 09:42 PM

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I have no idea how that's funny.

QBREES9 06-17-2013 09:47 PM

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I don't even know what to say. I really don't. How could they think that was funny. He's a human being, for pete's sake.

homerj07 06-17-2013 09:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Halo (Post 508548)
The clowns who did this were fired.

No - only suspended.

Ass C--ks!!!

|Mitch| 06-17-2013 09:50 PM

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Originally Posted by homerj07 (Post 508556)
No - only suspended.

Ass C--ks!!!

No; they got fired...

Apology Regarding This Morning's Mayhem in the AM Program

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"We deeply regret the offensive programming that aired this morning on “Mayhem In The AM” on 790 The Zone, related to former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS. We suspended the three individuals involved immediately following their comments and have since terminated their employment. 790 The Zone, our owners, sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support this kind of content. We sincerely apologize to Mr. Gleason, his family and all those touched by ALS."

— Rick Mack, 790 The Zone Sr. VP & General Manager

saintsfan1976 06-17-2013 09:55 PM

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Originally Posted by homerj07 (Post 508556)
No - only suspended.

But fired later in the day. Confirmed. I live in Atl and Falcon fans sought me out just to say how offended they were.

Here's the one guy who needs a :lightsabre:
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The dismissal, despite the circumstances, came as "a relief, really," Nick Cellini said. "That station is a sinking ship." His contract, he said, was up in November and he figured even then, it wouldn't have been renewed.
Follow Nick Cellini. Make sure he never finds work again. :brood:

WhoDat!656 06-17-2013 10:37 PM

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Originally Posted by |Mitch| (Post 508549)
I hope there's a special place in Hell for people like that... :rolleyes:

There is; its called Atlanta!!!


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