Randi Rhodes Vs. Air America

Yesterday, we wrote about how local Air America affilate WWRL no longer airs any Air America shows besides Randi Rhodes and Rachel Maddow.

But as of this morning, it looks like Rhodes is at war with Air America. To make a long story short… in a live, non-radio performance two weeks ago, Rhodes called Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton “f*****g whores.”

This being 2008, footage of the event made it onto YouTube (warning: NSFW video) pretty quickly.

Two weeks after the event, Air America was forced to do some last-minute damage control. So they suspended Rhodes for two weeks. The network says:

Air America has suspended on-air host Randi Rhodes for making inappropriate statements about prominent figures, including Senator Hillary Clinton, at a recent public appearance on behalf of Air America in San Francisco which was sponsored by an Air America affiliate station.

“Air America encourages strong opinions about public affairs but does not condone such abusive, ad hominem language by our Hosts,” said chair Charlie Kireker.

Now Rhodes has told the Huffington Post that Air America is “in breach of my contract and [has] damaged my hard won excellent reputation in the broadcast industry.”

Our guess is that WWRL will need a new show soon, or will at least be obtaining Rhodes’ broadcast from someone besides Air America.

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