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Dunkin’ Donuts cancels ads on WEEI

WEEI sports talk show hosts Gerry Callahan (right) and John Dennis. The loss of advertising is seen as a blow to the station.
WEEI sports talk show hosts Gerry Callahan (right) and John Dennis. The loss of advertising is seen as a blow to the station.Frank O’Brien/Globe Staff/File

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Dunkin’ Donuts Thursday confirmed it has cancelled all its advertising on the sports radio station WEEI, and a station official admits the Canton chain was “upset” at a disparaging comment made by morning host Gerry Callahan, who was paid to endorse the company’s products.

A spokesman for the station’s owner, Entercom Communications, said the incident involved an off-the-cuff remark about donuts that Dunkin’ did not find amusing.

Dunkin Donuts “heard the comments and took offense to it. You just don’t call somebody’s baby `ugly,’ even if it’s unintentional,” said Phil Zachary, vice president and market manager for Entercom in Boston .

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