Brent Hatley Exits As Bubba The Love Sponge Clem's Producer/Co-Host
April 11, 2013 at 4:31 AM (PT)
BUBBA THE LOVE SPONGE CLEM's producer and co-host, BRENT HATLEY, has exited "citing a desire to move on to greater challenges," reports THE TAMPA BAY TIMES.
"I'm not mad and I'm not upset with BUBBA," HATLEY told the paper. "He's a friend. I just want to do what's right for me."
BUBBA made the on-air announcement of the move YESTERDAY (4/10) morning. "(HATLEY) feels he needs to branch out ... I kinda got (blindsided) by it," BUBBA said on the air. "But he's got an open door to always come back. There's not a low road to be taken here."
SHANNON BURKE has been given a one-week "tryout" as HATLEY's on-air replacement. "BURKE, who developed an image as a tough-talking, motorcycle riding host in ORLANDO, was arrested there in 2009 for an incident in which he shot his wife's dog and the bullet grazed his wife's head. He served more than six months in jail and was fired by CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO, working at a few AM stations in ORLANDO before joining CLEM's Radio IO," notes THE TIMES.