The host and cocreator of CBC's national cultural-affairs radio show Q is out of a job. But he's not going down without a fight.
Jian Ghomeshi will sue for $50 million in damages and file a grievance to be reinstated, according to a statement issued by the law firm Dentons Canada LLP.
Last week, Ghomeshi announced that he was taking a leave of absence "for personal reasons" from Q.
That was followed by a statement today from the Crown-owned broadcaster that its relationship with Ghomeshi had "come to an end". This was as a result of information that had come to its attention recently.
CBC did not make any more details available in its statement. "Whenever a decision is made to end a relationship with an employee, terms of separation are never disclosed," the broadcaster said.
Meanwhile, Giller Prize organizers have stated that Ghomeshi will not host the gala event when the literary award is presented on November 10.
Q was launched in 2007 and is broadcast on more than 180 NPR/PRI stations in the United States, according to Ghomeshi's online biography.
The show's most famous moment probably came when actor-musician Billy Bob Thornton refused to answer Ghomeshi's questions after the radio host mentioned Thornton's film career in the introduction.
Ghomeshi also conducted feature interviews with entertainment stars, such as Tom Petty and Joni Mitchell, on the CBC national newscast hosted by Peter Mansbridge.
In addition to his broadcasting career, Ghomeshi is a musician, cofounding the Canadian band Moxy Früvous in 1989. He also wrote the autobiographical 1982 about his experiences as a 14-year-old growing up in Ontario.