Jeff O’Neil Show and CFOX sorry for “F, kill, or marry” segment that was in “tremendously poor taste”

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      First, CKNW apologized on air for the "offensive to women" segment that "crossed the line".

      Then Global TV tweeted that journalists Chris Gailus and Squire Barnes were "blindsided" by the Jeff O'Neil Show on Tuesday (December 16), and they "disapprove of the content and tone of the discussion".

      Finally, CFOX and the hosts of the Jeff O'Neil Show issued an apology for suggesting Gailus ask Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau whether he'd "F[uck], kill, or marry" Health Minister Rona Ambrose; Laureen Harper, the prime minister's wife; and former governor general Michaëlle Jean.

      Their statement reads:

      From Jeff, Scott, Karen & Adam, along with everyone from CFOX.

      We would like to take this opportunity to apologize to listeners that were offended by our conduct during our broadcast on CFOX this morning.

      We recognize now that the segment we did with the CKNW morning show and Global personalities was in tremendously poor taste to not only women, but all members of our community.

      We hold our colleagues at CKNW in the highest regard, as we do our media friends at Global television. We are sincerely regretful that our thoughtless actions have potentially tarnished their reputations.

      We recognize that this may have damaged any trust you have with us, and for that we are immeasurably sorry.

      Sincerely,

      The Jeff O’Neil Show & CFOX.

      The segment in question was broadcast on CFOX and CKNW's first-ever simulcast. It quickly drew condemnation from community advocates, politicians, journalists, and others on social media.

      And here's one response to the CFOX apology:

      Meanwhile, an online petition calling for the firings of O'Neil and Barnes has surfaced in the wake of the controversy.

      Comments

      25 Comments

      RIC

      Dec 17, 2014 at 12:32pm

      one more reason not to listen to your morning show anymore.

      Insanity

      Dec 17, 2014 at 12:57pm

      "in tremendously poor taste"

      Just as I said, class prejudice. Where do they teach comedy in the University, anyway? Oh, right, they don't. Bunch of humourless, no-talent critics, the lot of ya.

      groovy

      Dec 17, 2014 at 1:30pm

      Re: Insanity. Class prejudice? No one is talking about whether to f, kill or marry the uneducated. This is about demeaning women and treating us, and our safety, as a joke. Get a clue.

      Hooray for Twitter!!!

      Dec 17, 2014 at 2:39pm

      It's made the world safe for everyone.

      @Insanity

      Dec 17, 2014 at 2:42pm

      Your comment is incoherent. It was the perpetrators themselves who said their bit was in tremendously poor taste. So who exactly are you calling the humourless, no-talent critics?

      Values

      Dec 17, 2014 at 2:47pm

      The original breaking story about the radio program has over 50 comments.

      The recent article about the memorial in Surrey for 132 children slaughtered by the Taliban in Pakistan has exactly 0 comments. You pampered pieces of shit are sick beyond comprehension.

      Miss A

      Dec 17, 2014 at 3:07pm

      I remember when back in the 80's CFOX was nickname Cock Rock, well I guess it still fits....btw notice that practically all the music they play, are male groups/singers.....I think I'll stick with 102.7 The Peak or CiTR fm 101.9 or CFRO Co-Op Radio 100.5 or CJSF FM 90.1 or any other quality radio that's online.

      cosmicsync

      Dec 17, 2014 at 3:28pm

      Insanity:

      I urge you to consult a dictionary, where you will find there is more than one definition for the word "poor." (Spoiler alert: "worse than is usual, expected, or desirable; of a low or inferior standard or quality" is one of them).

      Values:

      If the article about the memorial in Surrey for 132 children slaughtered by the Taliban in Pakistan had exactly 0 comments, that means you didn't post a comment in that article either. Instead, you chose to post your indignation in this article about people choosing to post in another article instead of posting in an article you consider more worthy of comment, but which you didn't post in yourself.

      Next time, be part of the solution instead of simply taking others to task.

      Anon

      Dec 17, 2014 at 4:15pm

      When did F**K become assault? I am a female and use it, if my husband says that's what he is going to do me - I don't think of it as assault!;) This game has been played forever, on more than just the radio station. People take things way too seriously, it was said for shock value because of how "innocent" Chris and Squire come off as. Women play the game with mens names, no one has ever gotten mad when Karen is asked the question. Everyone is so quick to create something out of nothing these days! Fox Rocks!!

      Reality St.

      Dec 17, 2014 at 4:51pm

      Here's a great example of a publication following a media trend usually splooged out into the public domain by corporate/politically funded 'News' sources:
      The Fox (pun kinda intended) gets citizen/consumers riled up about nominally important "pulp" News, while it (fox) quietly raids the henhouse.
      Who the heck even listens to those idiots let alone has is dumb enough to be influenced by them?