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Toucher Refers to Tebow’s Draft Party as a “Nazi Rally,” Apologizes

Toucher and Rich (Image from CBS)

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?

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4 comments for “Toucher Refers to Tebow’s Draft Party as a “Nazi Rally,” Apologizes”

  1. If they fire Imus, not punishing Toucher would be unjust. His statement was at least as racist and hurtful as the Imus comment.

    Posted by al | April 27, 2010, 4:33 pm
  2. Why is it “obvious” that Fred’s comment would offend anyone? Lighten up pal. The station confirmed that no one called after he made the statement. This just got picked up by channel 7 on a slow news day. From what I’ve read, the people who are offended and calling for his job are hearing things second and third hand. People need to relax.

    Did you not look at what was going on at the Tebow house a little cross eyed? He’s wearing the same shirt has 3 of his buddies, and his beard of a “girlfriend” is caressing some dudes arm. The whole scene was pretty weird. Fred was making a joke about it and came up short. But be honest, you joked about it with whoever you were watching the draft with.

    And T&R just “still have a following” on the new station. Seven months on The Sport Hub and they’re third in their target demo. Seven spots ahead of D&C. TARDS are the most loyal fans out there.

    If there was money in radio they’d be syndicated or on satellite. Boston is lucky to have Fred and Rich every morning.

    Posted by Oak | April 27, 2010, 4:44 pm
  3. sorry maybe you think all the Holocaust survivors have passed, but they haven’t. Suspension and mandatory class in Nazi atrocities are in order.

    Posted by al (2) | April 27, 2010, 6:50 pm
  4. It’s a shame that you can’t make a joke without offending someone. His joke was funny and I wish he didn’t have to apologize. Some of us love edgy humor. I don’t like reality TV so I don’t watch. If you don’t like edgy humor don’t listen. We all have a choice…don’t take mine away.

    Posted by Dave | April 28, 2010, 12:51 pm

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