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Red face St. Louis Talk Show Host Fired For Calling Sec. Of State Rice A "Coon"

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Talk show host fired after on-air racial slur

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
03/22/2006
David Lenihan


A radio personality at 550 KTRS was fired on the spot this morning after using the word “coon” on the air in a conversation about Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Dave Lenihan was dismissed after what he called an inadvertent slip of the tongue. Within 20 minutes, station CEO Tim Dorsey apologized on the air to listeners and announced that Lenihan, who had been with the station for less than two weeks, had been let go.

“I don’t know what was in Mr. Lenihan’s mind,” Dorsey said in an interview. “I know what I heard. I know it was reprehensible.”

Lenihan’s comment was made during a discussion about Rice’s credentials to become commissioner of the National Football League, a topic that has been fodder for sports talk radio since the current commissioner announced he would retire later this year.

Lenihan was listing what assets Rice could bring to the league, including her tenure as a top academic officer at Stanford University and the fact that she is African-American.

“She’s just got a patent resume, of somebody that’s got such serious skill,” Linehan said on the air. “She loves football, she’s African-American, which would kind of be a big coon, a big coon – oh my God, I am totally, totally, totally, totally, totally sorry for that, OK? I didn’t mean that. That was just a slip of the tongue.” Lenihan later said he meant to use the word "coup."

Reached at home, Lenihan said he was still trying to figure out what happened, and was drafting a letter of apology to Rice.

"I was trying to say 'quite a coup' but it came out 'coon,"' he said. "I caught myself and apologized. It wasn't anything I was meaning to say. I never use that word.

"I think she's a fantastic woman. I was even talking about if she ran for president, I'd work on her campaign."

He said his biggest fear is that his choice of words tarnished the image of St. Louis and the baseball team, which is a part-owner of the station.

"It was my dream job," he said. "Ratings were going well. It kind of stinks."

Lenihan, who had previously been with radio station WGNU, was part of the recently reshuffled lineup at KTRS since half of the station was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals. He had a morning talk show.

The Associated Press contributed information for this story.

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From the sounds of it this guy didn't say it on purpose, but you have to send a message with stuff like that. Based on how he said "coon" it doesn't seem like he meant to be racist about it, but the fact that he was talking about an AA and used the term hurt him.

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He was on Howard Stern this morning and sounded like a genuinely nice guy who didn't mean it and is very sorry.

Howard claims he should sue to get his job back, but the guy doesn't want to, so Howard called him a wimp and then got his wife on the phone and asked her if he "gave it to her hard" because it sounds like he's too wimpy. She said she gets it "good and hard and a lot." Howard then asked her if she was Black, as that could help his case, but she said she was white.

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If he only said it once, then I would be inclined to give the guy his job back, but he said it twice in the same sentence; that isn't a slip of the tongue.

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If he only said it once, then I would be inclined to give the guy his job back, but he said it twice in the same sentence; that isn't a slip of the tongue.
He only said it once in reference to Condoleezza. He said it and repeated it to himself like did I really say that word and then said Oh God I didn't mean that.

It truly was a slip of the tongue. He's probably thought things like that in his mind but that's not a crime.

He should fight to get his job back. The company should show a strong stance on this as well. I think if he fights them the company will give in because they will have at least saved face.
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heh. sounds like he was trying to make a joke and it went horribly wrong. he should get fired to set an example.

though in that context, i don't think he's racist.

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LOL

However, IMO, she is definitely a coon.


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However, IMO, she is definitely a coon.
Oh the irony!
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Oh the irony!
LOLOL!!!! I know right. xD

But don't get me wrong, he still aint have no right to call her that.


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However, IMO, she is definitely a coon.
does it make me a bad person that i thought the exactly that...

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does it make me a bad person that i thought the exactly that...

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He only said it once in reference to Condoleezza. He said it and repeated it to himself like did I really say that word and then said Oh God I didn't mean that.

It truly was a slip of the tongue. He's probably thought things like that in his mind but that's not a crime.

He should fight to get his job back. The company should show a strong stance on this as well. I think if he fights them the company will give in because they will have at least saved face.

Did you hear his show?

All he had to say was, "did I say that?" after he said the offending word. He didnt' have to repeat it and that is what got him fired. Had he just said it once, then I'd agree with you.

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However, IMO, she is definitely a coon.

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However, IMO, she is definitely a coon.
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