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Whitney Houston 'Crack H-' Comments Outrage Fans; Radio Hosts Suspended (AUDIO)

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By Daniel Distant , Christian Post Reporter
February 17, 2012|12:13 pm

Two Los Angeles radio hosts called the late Whitney Houston a "crack h-," and have been suspended from their show by the station as a result.

KFI AM 640 hosts the L.A. show of John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, who called the legendary singer a "crack h-" just two days before her funeral.

"It's like, 'Ah Jesus … here comes the crack h- again, what's she gonna do?" said Kobylt, while describing how Clive Davis' past pre-Grammy parties could have been with Houston in attendance. "Ah, look at that, she's doing handstands next to the pool. Very good, crack h- … After a while, everybody's exhausted."

Exacerbating the comments, which came only two days before the singer's funeral, Kobylt discussed Houston's death unabashedly.

"And then you find out she's dead," said the shock jock. "It's like, 'Really? Took this long?'"

After the backlash from critics and fans alike, the station suspended the pair for 10 days, and called the tirade "insensitive and inappropriate" in a statement.

"KFI management does not condone, support or tolerate statements of this kind," read the apologetic statement.

Kobylt also attempted to rectify the situation by releasing a statement of his own.

"We made a mistake. We used language that was inappropriate and we sincerely apologize to our listeners and to the family of Ms. Houston," read Kobylt's statement.

Despite the duo's suspension and subsequent apology, some fans are still upset over the disrespect to Whitney Houston's legacy, especially in the face of her still-unknown cause of death.

"Wow, that was beyond disgusting … they crossed the line," wrote Jessica Johnson beneath a Buzzfeed posting off the story.

"I am amazed at the viciousness of this media feeding frenzy about her death … why is much hate directed at her?" said another user.

Other fans decried the radio hosts' suspension, saying it violated their constitutional right to free speech, and was unnecessary.

"Welcome to America stuff your Free speech," wrote Didier Morvan.

"The internet collectively mocks celebrities until they die and then we pretend they were saints. Lovely," wrote another.

The shock jocks return to radio broadcast Feb. 27.

To hear audio of Kobylt's controversial comments, click below.

John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, broadcast Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011

 

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