‘Opie and Anthony’ host Anthony Cumia fired after racist Twitter outburst

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SiriusXM's Anthony Cumia

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 17: Anthony Cumia speaks at SiriusXM’s O&A20: Unmasked With Opie & Anthony Special Celebrates 20 Years Of Opie & Anthony at Carolines On Broadway on April 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

NEW YORK (PIX11) – SiriusXM fired ‘Opie and Anthony’ host Anthony Cumia after the shock jock tweeted a series of angry, racially-charged messages following an incident in Times Square.

Cumia was taking photos when he claims that a women “who was in frame” attacked him early Wednesday, punching him several times.

Anthony Cumia Instagram photo

According to Cumia, this is the photo that sparked a confrontation in Times Square that ended with the woman allegedly punching him in the face multiple times and sparking his racist Twitter rant. (Twitter)

After the initial alleged punch, Cumia tweeted that he swore at her and “then she punched me five more times.  She’s lucky I was a white legal gun owner or she’d be dead.  Then 5 blacks started giving me s–t!”

Cumia Twitter tirade

SiriusXM took note of Cumia’s Twitter tirade and fired him late Thursday, saying in a statement:

“The decision was made, and Cumia informed, late Thursday, July 3 after careful consideration of his racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media. Those remarks and postings are abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents.”

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Just before 4 a.m. Wednesday, Cumia fired off a series of offensive tweets, saying, “Wish a cop was around.  Although she said she’d tell them I sexually harassed her.  Lying c–t.  I hope she gets shot in her a– f–k face.  Ugh.”

According to the NYPD, neither Cumia nor any witnesses called police to report an assault that morning.

“I’m f—–g livid.  If I was an illegal savage I’d have shot her,” he wrote.  “It’s a jungle out in our cities after midnight.  Violent savages own the streets.  They all came 2 defend this pig.  I had to yell like at dogs.”

The radio host has so far refused to delete any of his tweets.

Cumia and co-host Greg Hughes celebrated 20 years of “Opie and Anthony” in April.  On Thursday, Hughes tweeted “Just spent a glorious day photographing the Wood Covered Bridges of Vermont.  Did I miss anything?”


  • Jason Bird

    I think its staged for publicity, theyll rehire and listeners will shoot up. First that pic isn’t times square, its the northern side of 5th Ave & 42nd St, which is midtown. Second, nypd cameras all over that and always some nypd presence, no way it would go unnoticed there.

  • Valteri

    I see WPIX conveniently left out the fact that this woman was yelling “white mother######” while attacking this man. There’s a shocker..

  • Dee Smith

    If this happened like he said, he set himself up for all this by jumping on line instead of calling the police. Black, white, woman, man, racist, whatever–if I was attacked my next move would be calling police NOT hoping on social media. He was an idiot and handled things poorly.

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