Tony Kornheiser Suspended For Controversial Hannah Storm Comments
ESPN suspended Tony Kornheiser for comments he made on his weekday Washington D.C. radio show about "SportsCenter" anchor Hannah Storm on February 16, 2010. The controversial radio and television host has also been the host of "Pardon the Interruption" since 2001.
So what did Tony say that got him into hot water? Kornheiser said, "I'd like to point out that Hannah Storm is in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She's got on red go-go boots and a Catholic school plaid skirt...way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now...She's got on her typically very, very tight shirt."
He went on to say, "She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body...I know she's very good, and I'm not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won't...but Hannah Storm...come on now! Stop! What are you doing? She's what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point."
Last week he tried to smooth things over with this on-air admission: "I apologize unequivocally. I was wrong. This is sort of what I do, and I'm sorry for it. Not the first time and won't be the last time but I apologize for it this time."
On Tuesday Tony was benched from "Pardon the Interruption". He remarked, "I have been sent to the sidelines from PTI for a while and when I'm allowed back on PTI, I will happily go back because I love the PTI show and love all the people on the PTI show."
Also weighing in was ESPN executive vice president John Skipper. He said, "Hurtful and personal comments such as these are not acceptable and have significant consequences. Tony has been suspended for two weeks."
Hannah Storm's colleague Scott Van Pelt got punked last night during a SportsCenter segment. He thought he was doing an exclusive call-in interview with Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook. Turns out it was a fake call from Howard Stern prankster Captain Janks - check it out here.
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