John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, KFI-AM radio's popular afternoon talk show hosts better known as John and Ken, were suspended effective immediately on Thursday, for reportedly calling Whitney Houston a crack ho, according to reports.
John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou have been suspended for making insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late Whitney Houston, KFI said in a statement on its Web site. Management does not condone, support or tolerate statements of this kind.
The statement from the radio show noted that the two were suspended for comments made on their radio show, but didn't specify the comment that led to the immediate disciplinary action. However, the New York Daily News, CBS Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Times reported that John and Ken called the singer a crack ho.
The Los Angeles Times reported that John and Ken made the comment when talking about reports of Houston's odd behavior before her death Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. She was 48 and will be buried tomorrow i New Jersey.
It's like, 'Ah Jesus . . . here comes the crack ho again, what's she gonna do? Ah, look at that - she's doin' handstands next to the pool. Very good, crack ho . . . ' After a while, everybody's exhausted. And then you find out she's dead. It's like, 'Really? Took this long?' CBS Los Angeles said the New York Daily News reported.
The Times reported that the two will be back on air on Monday.
Kobylt nited in a statement that, We made a mistake, and we accept the station's decision. We used language that was inappropriate, and we sincerely apologize to our listeners and to the family of Ms. Houston.
Houston died Saturday in Beverly Hills. Officials are waiting for toxicology reports to be completed to determine a cause of death.