WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- A local radio show in Denver has been yanked off the air after one of its hosts joked that “a nice school shooting” would interrupt President Donald Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday.
- “Chuck and Julie” show host Chuck Bonniwell said they would be discussing the “never-ending impeachment of Donald Trump,” in audio obtained by the Colorado Times Recorder.
- Bonniwell has not recovered from his “joke” and consequently, the station — 710 KNUS — decided to end the program immediately as they found the comment “inappropriate.”
A Denver radio show has been canceled after one of the hosts said he wished “a nice school shooting” would interrupt President Donald Trump’s impeachment coverage.
The host, Chuck Bonniwell, opened a segment of the “Chuck and Julie” show saying they would be discussing the “never-ending impeachment of Donald Trump,” in audio obtained by the Colorado Times Recorder.
“You know, you wish for a nice school shooting to interrupt the [monotony],” he continued.
“No, no, don’t even say that, no, don’t even say that,” co-host Julie Hayden said. “Don’t call us. Chuck didn’t say that.”
Bonniwell quickly added, “which, no one would be hurt.”
Bonniwell’s attempt to recover from his “joke” was apparently not enough. The station, 710 KNUS, called the comment “inappropriate” and made the decision to end the program immediately, the station said in a statement. The station’s landing page for the “Chuck and Julie” show has already been removed from its website.
“Given the history of school violence that has plagued our community, 710 KNUS confirms that an inappropriate comment was made on the ‘Chuck & Julie’ show by co-host Chuck Bonniwell,” the statement said. “A programming decision was made to end the program immediately.”
The Denver area has seen multiple deadly school shootings, including the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 that left 13 people dead. The shooting ranks one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history as well as one of the deadliest episodes of school violence, according to CNN.
Bonniwell defended himself in a statement to KDVR, saying the school shooting comment was only a joke.
“I made an inappropriate comment meant as a joke,” Bonniwell said. “I’m sorry it was not received in that light.”