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'Opie and Anthony' Host

FIRED Over Racially Charged Tweets

7/4/2014 9:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0704-anthony-greg-getty-01Anthony Cumia -- one half of popular radio duo "Opie and Anthony" -- was fired this morning for going on an online racial rant earlier this week.

For those who missed it ... Cumia called a black woman a "c*** animal" for allegedly punching him in the face while he took pictures of people in Times Square. He then went on an intense Twitter rant.

Anthony's now ex-bosses say they made the decision to fire him because the postings are "abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXm represents."

It's unclear if the show will be cancelled, or if Anthony will just be replaced. Opie and Anthony have been broadcasting together since 1995.

Cumia tweeted Friday, "“We are living in a strange backward world. Where people support the attacker & the victim is the villain.”

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BigSamStewart    

His behavior was publicly established WAY before Satellite signed him to a contract for millions of dollars. SiriusXM knew exactly what they were hiring. The real issue here is hypocrisy.

89 days ago
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Bill5martin    

Standards, What standards? They have Howard stern.

89 days ago
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HumanNature    

THEY'RE BOTH "WRONG"!!!!!

89 days ago
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Matt m    

This country is going into the toilet. The savage and 5 others attack him and he cant say anything

89 days ago
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Mason     

Ah that term works for a "white" crazy nut female as well.

89 days ago
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Sid    

Sirius XM. Tune in to listen to a woman have an orgasm but a show host can't call an attacker a ****? This is worse than what happened to Paula Deen.

89 days ago
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roll3567    

Anthony (like lil jimmy norton) always seemed to be a very mean spirited guy, but there is something is missing from this story. It all seems a bit odd

89 days ago
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PT    

Oh, lawdy me.

89 days ago
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ivan    

5 - what are jay mohr and jim norton gonna do now ?

ha ha ha

just cancel the show - it isn't funny
neither is howard stern - he has enuf $$$

89 days ago
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JrzGrl    

"Without Freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech." Ben Franklin We're in a sad state when things like this are allowed to happen. It's easy to support free speech when you agree with what's being said, not so easy when you don't but that is exactly when you need to.

89 days ago
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WowReally    

Anthony ***ia has been saying racist things about black people for decades. Even his black "friend", the late Patrice O'Neal, admitted as much.

#NotSurprised

89 days ago
72.

ilovescones    

Anyone know where I can start making cash right now?

89 days ago
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MommaBear    

I don't get what was racial about it? TMZ are you just trying to stir the pot?

89 days ago
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djsirius669    

This is why we have become a nation of wusses. It doesn't matter what he said the fact is you can't have an opinion in this country anymore without ramifications. I tell people all the time you are setting yourself up when you go on social media. We see a story about this at least once a day.

89 days ago
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Marco Polo    

I believe that TMZ is the one insinuating that it was RACISM. Neither parties involved mentioned anything about race. He has a right to be angry and to his opinion but nasty remarks made in a public forum (see Adam Richman) is seldom looked at kindly by your employers.

89 days ago
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