A St. Louis radio show host is out of a job after using a racial epithet on the air while talking about Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
KTRS-AM announced the firing shortly after morning talk show host Dave Lenihan used the word “coon” in describing Rice’s attributes for the post of NFL commissioner.
Lenihan and the station’s management both called the use of the word a “slip of the tongue.”
Station president and general manager Tim Dorsey said the utterance was nonetheless “unacceptable, reprehensible and unforgivable.”
Lenihan was heaping praise on Rice, a big football fan, then said: “She’s African-American, which would kind of be a big coon. A big coon. Oh my God. I am totally, totally, totally, totally, totally sorry for that.”
Reached at home, Lenihan said he was trying to say “quite a coup.” He says he’s drafting a letter of apology to Rice.