The radio duo Opie and Anthony are used to being fired together. However, a recent social media rant has split the pair in half. Anthony Cumia of the “Opie & Anthony” radio show has been fired by SiriusXM, citing his “racially charged” remarks on Twitter.
On Wednesday night, Cumia documented the violent incident on Twitter. He tweeted that he was taking pictures in Times Square when a black woman objected to being caught in the frame. He says that she punched him in the face. He called her a name—which he censored online—and she punched him a few more times. He continued for several hours.
Although one tweet stated that he wished a cop was around, he did not report the incident to police. When a fan asked, he said, “Because I can take some punches w/out wasting the cop’s time.”
A report on USA Today said Cumia tweeted Friday morning, “Sirius decided to cave and fire me. Welcome to bizarro world.” Cumia’s response Friday on Twitter included an obscenity in relation to SiriusXM. He says he was fired over material that was not aired and was not illegal.
It’s not the first time the duo has been in trouble. When they worked for New York’s WNEW, the shock jocks had a stunt called “Sex for Sam,” which involved people having sex in public places in exchange for prizes. They were fired in 2002, after a couple chose to have simulated sex in a vestibule at Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
A number of fans stated that they did not approve of what he said. One fan told him, “Don’t bother with an apology when they compel you. You’re a pathetic person.” Opie has agreed: he stated that he will not apologize.