Jul 29, 2013 12:31 PM EDT | Jonathan Lambert
It appears that conservative talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity may be fired. Reports indicate that the they will be leaving radio network WABC. Despite being with the station for quite some time, the pair will allegedly be joining a competitor station.
Look’s like the Obama-hating, gun-loving shock jocks will be headed for WOR over longtime radio station WABC. The reason?
WABC is owned by Cumulus. Their radio shows, however, are syndicated by Premiere Networks, which is owned by Clear Channel. It makes sense then that the two will be heading out for WOR, a station that is owned and operated by Clear Channel.
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The whole mess began with Limbaugh contract negotiations, according to sources. Cumulus is not willing to pay Limbaugh as much as he was making in the past. This is largely due to the huge amount of sponsors he lost.
Advertisers seemingly fled from Rush after a series of controversial comments many felt to be sexist and racist.
The New York Daily News ran an article which outlined a series of conversations between Rush and Lew Dickey, CEO of Cumulus:
“This report follows an indirect, but sharp exchange this spring between Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey and Limbaugh over Limbaugh's value to Cumulus stations.
Noting that advertisers had left Limbaugh's show after his controversial remarks about birth control advocate Sandra Fluke, Dickey said Rush had cost Cumulus millions of dollars. Limbaugh fired back that Dickey was blaming Rush for the shortcomings of his ad sales department.”
Cumulus has refused to comment on the matter but chose not to deny the rumors, either, stating:
“Cumulus is not in a position to comment about negotiations with talent under contract, no matter what the rumor of the day might be."
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