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Maya Angelou

Dispatcher Suspended

Over Oprah Trash Talk During 911 Call

5/30/2014 3:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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An emergency dispatcher who can be overheard in the Maya Angelou 911 call was suspended for criticizing Oprah Winfrey in the middle of the emergency.

John Ruckh -- a dispatcher in Winston-Salem North Carolina for 24 years -- is heard in the background ... making critical comments to someone about Oprah.

Ruckh -- who did not take the actual call -- is heard telling someone that Oprah has fallen out of grace because of an interview she did, where he claims she stated, "There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die."

Ruckh insists he used no racial slurs during the conversation, saying, "Unfortunately I work in a high-profile job and everything's recorded."

The audio is really hard to hear, but take a listen.


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Idiot LOL.

148 days ago


Everything is too politically correct these days.

148 days ago


What exactly is he saying? I can't really tell what point he is trying to get across by the quote up there. All I get out of it is that a lot of old people are racist...

148 days ago


Who cares. Don't ppl have more important things to do? Guess not.

148 days ago

Karvey Kardashian    

So he quoted what Oprah said, stated she had fallen out of grace for saying it, and he was fired for that? This makes no sense at all! He did not make a racially inappropriate comment, so why has it cost him his job? I hope he is able to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer. This has to be one of the most ridiculously blown out of proportion comments of all time. Stating what people think about Oprah's comment is wrong in what way? I would like it explained so it at least seems to be based on some logic, because right now it seems lacking.

148 days ago


People hear what they want and take it how it best suits them. In other words, before that type of racism will go away, those people will have to die. Take the statement for how it is intended. If it is the older older people that feel as Sterling does, then it won't go away until it is dead and buried. She was not trying to step on anyone toes. I don't always agree with Oprah but in that statement, I understand what she is saying. The younger generation of people do not feel as strongly about racism as the much older generation does.

148 days ago

phil osopher    

She was so wise, she will be missed greatly. The world needs more Maya Angelou 's, (although your have NEVER have another Maya.), as she was a gift to us.

148 days ago



148 days ago


Thou shalt not speakth bad on oprah

148 days ago


For repeating what Oprah said or for just talking during the call?

148 days ago
11. Booboo.....stick ya head in doodoo    

But why?

148 days ago


He wasn't on the call was talking to other coworkers. This is ridiculous. His supervisors should be fired for being stupid.

148 days ago


Never speak ill of the Oprah.

148 days ago


So he basically said "racists have to die", and they suspended him??????????? I agree with him.

148 days ago


How much you want to bet if Oprah was white nothing would've happened.

148 days ago
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