“I will never apologize for this,” Anthony Cumia told Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld. “I didn’t do anything wrong. This is exactly who I am. I’m not even going to deny it. I go off on tears like this. I curse, I say horrific things about people that piss me off, and that’s exactly what I did. Why am I going to apologize and say I am different or I changed? I haven’t. It would be a phony bogus apology. If it happened again, I’d do the same thing.”
The longtime radio host was fired earlier this month after his racist Twitter rant went viral. Anthony Cumia accused a black woman of attacking him in New York City and went on to use a serious of slurs and insults to describe her, including “c—t,” “savage,” “pig,” and “animal.” The rant has since been deleted, but you can view all of the controversial remarks that led to Anthony Cumia’s firing here.
A week after his firing, Anthony Cumia appeared on the early-morning Fox News series to discuss his racist remarks. But rather than express remorse, the “Opie & Anthony” host refused to admit he did anything wrong.
“If you read those — honestly people picked it apart,” Anthony Cumia said of the tweets that led to his firing. “It wasn’t racist.”
Red Eye co-host Andy Levy challenged the notion that Anthony Cumia’s Twitter rant was not racist. He insisted that he only used “pig” and “savage” to describe violent people, not all blacks.
“I was talking about people that instantly go to violence,” Anthony Cumia said in response to his firing. “There was no word — I walked down the street, she called me a white motherf—-er and started punching me in the face. So I addressed her and other people that act like that.”
Anthony Cumia also agreed with fans who felt his firing was hypocritical. The host noted that he made many controversial statements on “Opie & Anthony” over the years yet was let go for something he said off the air. He even blamed media websites for sharing these racist tweets with those who did not listen to his show or understand his point of view.
“To fire me for something on social media is kind of hypocritical, I think,” Cumia said. “There wasn’t even any outrage. No one approached SiriusXM and said ‘Oh my God, you’ve got to fire them.’ It was such a kneejerk reaction. In this day and age, it’s dangerous to try to say anything and speak your mind, especially on things of race and sex.”
Watch Anthony Cumia discuss his firing below.