The management of a Denver radio station has canceled its Chuck and Julie show, after co-host Chuck Bonniwell said on air that the "never-ending impeachment of Donald Trump" makes "you wish for a nice school shooting to interrupt the monopoly".
Chuck Bonniwell, who cohosted the talk show on KNUS AM/710 with his wife, Julie Hayden, made the comments during Tuesday afternoon's broadcast after returning from a commercial break, ABC News reports. "He didn't say that".
Bonniwell quickly added, "which, no one would be hurt".
Following the cancelation of his show, Bonniwell took to Twitter to apologize for his comment, writing, "I made an inappropriate comment meant as a joke". "I'm sorry it was not received in that light". The station, 710 KNUS, called the comment "inappropriate" and made the decision to end the program immediately, the station said in a statement.
Some of the most infamous mass shootings in US history took place in Colorado, including the 1999 Columbine High School massacre that left 12 students and one teacher dead, and the July 2012 Aurora theater attack that killed a dozen moviegoers.
The station removed all recordings of host Craig Silverman's KNUS show last month and canceled his program abruptly, mid-show, after Silverman criticized Trump and discussed appearing on other stations' shows to talk about Trump.
'Unbelievable that a radio host would suggest a school shooting to distract from the presidential impeachment, ' Kendrick Castillo's father stated. "Starting tomorrow, December 19, the 710KNUS, 1-4pm weekday time slot will feature the Salem Network show, America First, hosted by Sebastian Gorka".
A student was killed in a Denver school shooting earlier this year.
Officials at KNUS said Silverman wasn't fired and his agreement with the station as an independent contractor is still in effect. The mother of a woman killed in the Aurora theater shooting called for Bonniwell to be fired shortly after a reporter shared the clip on Twitter. "Total ignorance. Shootings hurt us all.just ask witnesses and first responders", she said.