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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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46.

TheTruthLA    

His boss is right to suspend him. He made an inappropriate comment at a very inappropriate time. Maya Angelou was DIEING and this gossiper is in the background talking about Maya Angelou's close friend Oprah. That's like you calling 911 bc your mother is dieing and while you're getting help you hear employees in the background talking about your close family member. He lacked professionalism in the 1 place you definitely should have it in, at WORK.

113 days ago
47.

ReAl_tAlk    

F%#k OPRAH!!!! there I said it....now what??? 0_o

113 days ago
48.

sls1030    

So what, no need to get suspended It is America, we can say what ever we want. Get Over it

113 days ago
49.

Korvin    

I have a feeling that its more of that he was saying this at a job where people call in. Its not good if you can hear stuff like this in the background. What if you were calling 911 and needed emergency but all you could hear is this? I think that it was right to suspend him just to set an example, but not a heavy suspension.

113 days ago
50.

Jah36    

Well he didn't say anything untrue. Oprah did say that because she stuck in this reverse racism victim mentality. Just like she falsely accused that store clerk of racism when she knew full well that it wasn't true. It was just to perpetuate the victim myth. Oprah is the real racist. She should try and come together with the 21st century. Trash.

113 days ago
51.

Mypeoplesmh    

Oprah also said she rather give her money to kids in Africa, cause you negro kids are unappreciative!! So what she say after I heard that was totally irrelevant! Don't get mad at me, she said it, and y'all still defend her

113 days ago
52.

Mypeoplesmh    

Please respect Miss Angelou!! She's dead and gone now. So however you feel about her, you are suppose to respect the dead!!

113 days ago
53.

Dawn    

When people are dying, emergency dispatch workers should not be gossiping. The relevance to Oprah is that he was talking about the friend of someone who was dying on the other end of the phone. Hardly a coincidence. Whether or not he took the call, it could be distracting to the person who did. Lack of focus can cost lives.

113 days ago
54.

HumanNature    

"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."


THAT'S THE "TRUTH"!!!!!

113 days ago
55.

featherkile    

Osha, someone

113 days ago
56.

BeyondtheBS    

Are you pick idiots for real? It's not about speaking ill of Oprah is about having a lack of integrity, gossiping and being completely unprofessional at the most inappropriate time. 1st, it shows he and the majority of the call center were clearly listening in to the conversation for him to start discussing Oprah. I'll be mad myself if I called 911 on any emergency and hear bullcrap in the background, let alone discussing a close friend.

113 days ago
57.

L. Ron Hubbard    

Maya was a fraud like the rest of Oprah's crew. Deepak Chopra is a new age quack, Bradshaw is a plagiarist, and Dr.Phil has "iffy" credentials. Maya was pimp who reinvented herself as a bad poet!

113 days ago
58.

w    

Oprah's a racist bitch, bad taste though to say it in the background of a 911 call..but..still, Oprahs a racist bitch.

113 days ago
59.

HumanNature    

THE WORLD IS EVOLVING AND THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF TODAY ARE STANDING UP AGAINST THE CYCLE OF RACISM THAT HAS BEEN TAUGHT FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT!!!!!


WE ARE ALL THE SAME, HUMAN!!!!!


TRYING TO SURVIVE IN THIS "F@CKED UP" WORLD

113 days ago
60.

tony    

Can anyone tell me how ophat windbag is an authority on anything? How is she significant at all. Besides it wasnt an emergency call at all miss maya had d.n.r. instructions .

113 days ago
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