KFI/640 AM announced Thursday it is suspending immediately talk hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou "for making insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late Whitney Houston."If you listen to these two you know that insensitive remarks is what they do. I've heard lots of stuff on their show that has ticked off just about every special interest group you can name, but I think this is the first time anyone succeeded in taking the off the air even for a short time. You may think "crack ho" is over the top, but not if you've ever listened to their show.
The specifics of their comments were not disclosed by the station, but in a recording of the show posted online, Kobylt refers to the singer as a "crack ho."
KFI's announcement said, "Management does not condone, support or tolerate statements of this kind."
In the suspension announcement, Kobylt said, "We made a mistake, and we accept the station's decision. We used language that was inappropriate, and we sincerely apologize to our listeners and to the family of Ms. Houston."
John and Ken will return to the air on Monday, Feb. 27, the station announced. Their program airs 3-7 p.m. weekdays. There was no immediate word on who would fill in for them.
It's pretty clear there's an effort to gild the diva's reputation while banning any talk about what led to her death.