The two New York radio hosts who were fired after describing trans people as ‘nutjobs’ are now saying they are sorry.
Kimberly and Beck, the former hosts of ‘The Breakfast Buzz’ on 98.9 The Buzz, have released a statement to All Access in which they describe themselves as ‘very sorry for the hurt and pain we have caused anyone, especially those in the transgender community and their friends and families.’
They state that they take ‘full responsibility’ for what they said and acknowledged that that the manner in which they handled themselves was ‘wrong.’
In response to the city of Rochester’s decision to offer transgender health benefits to employees, the former hosts played Aerosmith’s ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’ and repeatedly misgendered trans people.
‘Our attempt was to discuss a controversial healthcare issue; however our lack of sensitivity and understanding of the transgender people and their plight created 12 minutes of radio we that wish we could take back,’ they state in their apology.
As outrage grew last week, their employer Entercom first announced they would be suspending the pair then quickly after that they were fired.
The pair now say they don’t blame their bosses for giving them the ax.
‘We fully understand Entercom’s position and their decision to dismiss us,’ they stated. ‘It is their right and we accept their decision and our responsibility in it.’
They then show they have apparently learned a great deal since their original segment by adding: ‘It is our hope that this situation can be a time of learning and understanding about the transgender community and not a time for additional anger and insensitivity.’
‘This is a community of individuals who struggle painfully to be themselves and find the support and comfort they deserve. We believe that this can be a chance for all of us to stop the ignorance and find our humanity.’