Whitman Responds In 'Fake Leykis' Dispute
August 21, 2009 at 4:37 AM (PT)
BRIAN WHITMAN has responded to his former CBS RADIO Talk KLSX (now Top 40 KAMP (AMP 97.1))/LOS ANGELES colleague TOM LEYKIS' cease-and-desist letter over WHITMAN's "Fake TOM LEYKIS" parody podcast, telling LARADIO.COM that he intended the podcast as a parody and that it came "from a place of admiration and love ... I admire TOM. I have known him personally literally since my childhood and have never tried to wound him or hurt him. I was personally surprised that he chose to contact me through an attorney instead of contacting me personally. I love TOM and would have been happy to talk to him."
WHITMAN said that LEYKIS is "the only person that I have characterized that I have ever, and I mean ever, heard a complaint from ... In my opinion, parody is constitutionally protected and there have been many, many landmark cases that have upheld that precedent. I made the decision to amicably end this and I seek no conflict with TOM. However, responding to his attorneys over an issue such as this when there is so much more for me to concentrate on is, frankly, not worth my time.
"I remain a TOM LEYKIS fan and I look forward to hearing him on the radio again ... 'Dear.'"
WHITMAN is scheduled to fill in for PREMIERE's RANDI RHODES TODAY, MONDAY and TUESDAY.