Vancouver Radio Station Offers Apology For 'F, Marry, Kill' Bit
December 18, 2014 at 7:56 AM (PT)
It's a favorite on the HOWARD STERN Show, but a VANCOUVER radio station was forced to issue an on-air apology on TUESDAY for playing the "F---, Marry, Kill" game, according to a report in the NATIONAL POST.
A segment of CFOX’s "JEFF O'NEILL SHOW" TUESDAY morning had been billed as the “historic” first simulcast between two of CORUS ENTERTAINMENT's VANCOUVER-based radio stations, Alternative CFOX and News CKNW-A.
CFOX host JEFF O'NEIL hosted GLOBAL TV personalities CHRIS GAILUS and SQUIRE BARNES, who have been hosting a CKNW show this week. The topic turned to GAILUS and BARNES interview later that morning with LIBERAL PARTY leader JUSTIN TRUDEAU.
O’NEIL jokingly suggested GAILUS and BARNES should ask TRUDEAU a hypothetical question in a game of “F—, Marry, or Kill," naming three prominent CANADIAN women, asking which of the three you would you do with each: Health Minister RONA AMBROSE, the prime minister's wife LAUREEN HARPER and the former Governor General MICHAELLE JEAN.
Reaction to the joke was immedite on social media, with local media figures and politicians criticizing the segment and demanding an apology, calling it "offensive to women."
CKNW brand director IAN KOENIGSFEST then issued an on-air apology. Audio of the conversation was available online earlier on TUESDAY, but was taken down later in the day. CFOX then issued an apology on its website, recognizing the segment was in “tremendously poor taste to not only women, but all members of our community.”
“We would like to take this opportunity to apologize to listeners that were offended by our conduct during our broadcast on CFOX this morning,” the apology reads.
“We recognize that this may have damaged any trust you have with us, and for that we are immeasurably sorry.”
That afternoon, TV anchor GAILUS tweeted: “I was caught completely off guard by an offensive and disrespectful segment on morning radio today. It was not funny and it was #NOTokay.”