WEEI’s Kirk Minihane, who caused a maelstrom of backlash when he referred to
Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews as a “gutless bitch” on the “Dennis and Callahan Show” this morning, has issued a written apology for his comments and will not be suspended or fired.
“This morning on the radio I used a series of words to describe Erin Andrews’ work at the All-Star Game,” said Minihane in a statement posted on WEEI’s website just before 8 p.m.
“My choice of words was wrong; I was wrong to have used them. To all whom I offended — particularly Ms. Andrews — I apologize. There is no place for what was said. It was immature and completely uncalled for. I am often critical of media members and their work and recognize here that I’ve made the kind of mistake I would call out if it was done by another sportscaster or writer. Again, to all involved, I’m very sorry.”.
In an email Wednesday night, Phil Zachary, the vice president/market manager of Entercom Boston, WEEI’s parent company, said Minihane was contrite and chose to issue the apology on his own.
“Because Kirk was scheduled to be on vacation tomorrow and Friday [a topic discussed on Wednesday’s show], some will conjecture he was suspended or terminated,” Zachary said. “That is not true. His time off was already scheduled in order for Kirk to attend a wedding.”
Added Zachary: “Knowing him as I do, he’s legitimately sorry for what he said and, more importantly, the way he said it.”
Minihane, who joined longtime co-hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan as a daily host on the show in February 2013, ripped Andrews for her in-game interview with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright during Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
Wainwright stepped into a bit of controversy when he said threw a couple of “pipe shots” — hittable fastballs — to New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, who was playing in his final All-Star game.
He later backtracked on that comment during an awkward interview with Andrews after a torrent of criticism was heaped his way.
“Well, we appreciate you clearing that up,” Andrews said. “Don’t you love social media?”
That was Minihane’s jumping off point Wednesday when the top WEEI show took a sudden misogynistic turn.
“What a bitch,” Minihane said. “I hate her. What a gutless bitch. Seriously, go away. Drop dead. I mean seriously, what the hell is wrong with her? First of all, followup. Secondly, the guy admitted he did it. He told reporters he threw a couple of pipe bombs. So how is that social media’s fault?
“I hate her. I seriously hate her so much. Yeah, only if it wasn’t for social… social media is the reason she has a big house. Shut up. Shut up.”
Minihane seemed to realize he had gone too far saying later in the same segment that, “I shouldn’t call her a bitch because I’m sure she’s a nice person.”
Co-host Gerry Callahan also chimed in with a couple of “bubblehead” and “bimbo” remarks.
The comment created such a controversy that state attorney general and democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley, incensed by Minehane’s comments, told Boston.com that the radio personality was way out of bounds his criticisms.
“I think that’s pretty unacceptable in this day and age,” she said. “Here’s a professional woman, doing her job, obviously we can all be criticized for what we do but we should be able to do it without those kind of disgusting, uncalled for, and frankly outrageous comments.
“It just seems to me that this is not the first time that people on that show have been insensitive and frankly out of line in terms of comments they’ve made. Everybody understands fair criticism, but when it becomes personal, when it’s demeaning, and when it goes over the line as this did, that language is inexcusable and it’s offensive.”
Zuri Berry of the Boston.com Staff contributed to this report.