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Boston talk show host booted for homophobic remarks

Sometimes I wonder whether people like WRKO-AM’s John DePetro have gray matter issues. He first got into hot water last year when he referred to the head of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority as a “fag” on the air.

You’d think that he may have realized that tossing out gay slurs might be hazardous to his career.


He called Green-Rainbow gubernatorial candidate Grace Ross a “fat lesbian” on the air yesterday and well, he just must have had a brain fart and forgot about that last incident. It must have been a shock when he was given his walking papers.

John DePetro was immediately removed from the air and WRKO-AM management notified him Friday morning he was fired. “This corporation has zero tolerance for this type of nonsense,” said station spokesperson George Regan. “It will not be tolerated.”

…DePetro made the remark during a discussion of the previous night’s gubernatorial debate during which Ross had complained the media was ignoring her in favor of the major party candidates.

“Big, fat? I guess that’s supposed to be his way of saying he doesn’t like somebody,” she said. “It’s not news to anybody that I’m a lesbian. This is supposed to be about an election, not name-calling,” Ross told the Boston Herald.

* Radio show host suspended for homoasshattery

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