O&A: Sorry For 'Homeless Charlie' Bit
May 11, 2007 at 5:55 AM (PT)
OPIE AND ANTHONY apologized FRIDAY at the beginning of their CBS RADIO syndicated show for the "HOMELESS CHARLIE" bit on the XM SATELLITE RADIO portion of WEDNESDAY's show that touched off an Internet-fueled controversy (NET NEWS 5/10).
The segment, which did not air on the syndicated terrestrial CBS RADIO version of the show, involved a ranting homeless man named "HOMELESS CHARLIE" talking about forcing sex on Secretary of State CONDOLEEZZA RICE and was spread on the Internet through a posting of a clip at BREITBART.TV and a link from THE DRUDGE REPORT.
XM also issued an apology along with O&A late THURSDAY for the segment, saying, "We take very seriously the responsibility that comes with our creative freedom and regret any offense that this segment has caused."
O&A, for their part, continued with FRIDAY's show without further discussion of the controversy. Cognizant that worried fans would be listening to hear if O&A and JIM NORTON would end the show with the fateful phrase "Your mom's box," their final words before being taken off the air after the infamous "SEX FOR SAM II" incident at WNEW/NEW YORK and a signal that the show could be their last, OPIE closed MONDAY's show with the teasing line "Your mom's... going to enjoy all those flowers for MOTHER'S DAY."