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CBS Sports Radio guest host pulled after anti-LGBTQ+ tweets become known
2022-07-02

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In the sports world, plans to have Dan Sileo guest-host the Jim Rome Show on July 5 on CBS Sports Radio (Audacy Property) were canceled when Sileo's past anti-LGBTQ+ tweets were publicized.

An individual named Brian McGregor sent screenshots of Sileo's posts to dozens of media outlets, including LGBTQ+ ones such as Windy City Times, the Washington Blade and the Philadelphia Gay News. In one post, Sileo wrote, "do u have a crush on me or something..what a homo…[then] again..boston is queerville." In another, he told someone, "I killed better fags than you, Homo."

In an email many (including Windy City Times) received, Audacy Head of Programming EVP Jeff Sottolano said, " A member of Jim Rome's production staff is responsible for identifying guest hosts when Jim is on vacation. He was not aware of these past comments when he identified Dan Sileo as a substitute host next week.

"As soon as I became aware of this, Jim, his team and Audacy made the decision to identify a different host for Jim's show next Tuesday [July 5]. We have no future plans to utilize Dan as a guest host on CBS Sports Radio."

In 2019, Fox Sports 910 AM announced the hiring of Sileo, per The Athletic. What Fox Sports 910 and its parent company, iHeartRadio, failed to mention was that Sileo was fired three times by Florida radio stations over 2012-13 for racist or sexist comments on air or on his personal Twitter account. (Sileo was subsequently let go from Fox Sports 910 due to pressure from the NHL's Arizona Coyotes; the team had signed a deal to move its games to KGME for the upcoming season and was not happy with Sileo's comments.)

Also, in 2012, Sileo referred to three NFL players as "monkeys." One day later, he was no longer with WDAE 620-AM.


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