WFLZ & WFLA's Schnitt/MJ Sues Cox's WHPT & Bubba The Love Sponge
March 18, 2008 at 5:41 AM (PT)
CBS affiliate WTSP-TV (TAMPA BAY'S 10)/ST. PETERSBURG-TAMPA is reporting that two of the market's top personalities are heading to court, with CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WFLZ and Talk WFLA-A host TODD SCHNITT (a/k/a MJ KELLI) and his wife MICHELLE filing suit against COX RADIO Classic Rock WHPT (102.5 THE BONE) morning host BUBBA THE LOVE SPONGE over comments made by the latter on the air about the SCHNITTS.
The TV station says that the suit alleges BUBBA called SCHNITT a "lying piece of crap," a "snitch" and "one of the top four or five people behind our arrest and the trial of the hog deal" (the infamous incident involving the slaughter of a hog on BUBBA's show), and referred to MICHELLE SCHNITT by a "degrading name."
Let this play out in court. Let me have my day in court. I can't wait for the deposition to start. Let the games begin.
WTSP could not reach SCHNITT for comment, but BUBBA said, "I didn't say anything defamatory or slanderous like he made allegations of. Really bad stuff like touching kids or something. I would never go there ... This is somebody who got his feelings hurt; that's exactly what it is. He gets on the air every day. He's a public figure. It's okay for him to put billboards of OJ and BRITNEY SPEARS up and his whole show is based on TMZ ... Unfortunately, what he doesn't understand is that he and his wife are public figures. I can call them names and be outlandish and be BUBBA THE LOVE SPONGE, be the people's hammer and say it like it is all I want."
“The truth hurts, doesn't it?," said BUBBA. "The bottom line is ARBITRON just came out and I was already #1. I went to #1 in two-and-a-half weeks. They're going to try to tell me that TAMPA BAY wasn't hurting for something new?”
BUBBA added, "Let this play out in court. Let me have my day in court. I can't wait for the deposition to start. Let the games begin. I swear to GOD."
Read the court filing here.
The bad blood has reached a boiling point, in part, by the most recent head to head ratings in the first 30 days the two have been on opposite each other in TAMPA.
12 + BUBBA 8.8 MJ 6.8
18-34 BUBBA 15.4 MJ 7.9
25-54 BUBBA 13.5 MJ 7.3