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With WBCN off the air, popular hosts Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb took their “Toucher and Rich” show across the FM dial to the new 98.5 The Sports Hub radio station last August. They moved to a new time slot from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m., but it appears nothing has changed about the pair of shock jocks.
Speaking about Denver Broncos’ QB Tim Tebow‘s NFL Draft party last Friday, Toucher said the party “looked like some kind of…Nazi rally.” He continued, “So lily-white is what I’m trying to say. Yeah, Stepford Wives.”
Obviously, the comment offended some. Besides the fact it wasn’t very funny (at least to me), speaking of Tebow’s family in that light was a little disrespectful and uncalled for.
On Monday morning’s show, Toucher issued an apology.
“I made a regrettable statement about the Tim Tebow draft party that ended up offending some people. And I truly, truly can tell you that was not my intention. I apologize to you that were offended. You know, I just apologize, and I regret what I said,” said Toucher.
Some have called for Toucher to be suspended or fired by parent-company CBS Radio, as the incident drew comparisons to Don Imus calling the Rutgers Women’s Basketball team a bunch of “nappy-headed hoes” back in 2007. Imus was fired.
Personally, I think the apology is enough. Toucher clearly didn’t mean to offend anyone, as the comment seemed to slip out of his mouth. Considering that “The Toucher and Rich Show” still has a following (even on a new station with a new time slot and a new topic of discussion in sports), CBS would be foolish to fire Toucher, even with this latest controversy.
What do you think?