Buffalo sportswriter Jerry Sullivan, who writes for the local CBS affiliate’s website along with two newspapers, has been fired after making sexist comments on a livestream podcast Monday night.
WIVB, along with the Niagara Gazette and the Lockport Union Sun & Journal, let Sullivan go after he told a caller on the local podcast Trainwreck Tonight in part, “The worst fans really are the women. They don’t get critical journalism. They’re all wannabe cheerleaders. You know what I mean? It’s always … It’s a dangerous avenue to go down to criticize women in general, because they’re better than men generally, but they don’t get it as fans.”
Buffalo News media writer Alan Pergament said a source told him, “Sullivan was fired Tuesday afternoon, but Channel 4’s owner, Nexstar, has no plans to announce it. As of Tuesday afternoon, Sullivan was no longer listed on the station’s website.”
We did find Sullivan’s bio still listed, though. Click here to view. Sullivan, who had worked at WIVB since 2020, sent out an apology on Twitter, saying, “I’d like to apologize for comments I made on a podcast last night that were uncalled for and insulting to women. I should be better than that.”
“Recently, I’ve written countless women’s sports features, from UB basketball and soccer to Medaille bowling, Olympic rowing and Lancaster High golf,” Sullivan recently tweeted. “It’s sad that due to one stupid comment, many of these types of stories, which go largely ignored in local media, will go untold.”
We asked Nexstar about it and will update when we hear back.