Radio host Dean Blundell denies homophobia after show cancellation
Former Edge 102.1 host 'sets record straight' with statement posted to his website
His radio show has been cancelled, but popular Toronto host Dean Blundell is still speaking out.
"I am not a homophobe," said Blundell in a statement posted to his website on Friday.
The colourful on-air host had a series of run-ins with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council and his employers, Corus Radio, over the content of his epynonymous morning show on CFNY's 102.1 the Edge.
Leading up to his show's cancellation, Blundell had apologized for a show producer talking about a court case for which he was a juror on the air. Derek Welsman, also an occasional on-air personality, spoke about the case on Blundell's show, joking repeatedly about the sexual orientation of those involved in the case.
Those comments led to the suspension of the program in December, and to questions as to whether Blundell himself was anti-gay. When the show was cancelled this week, those questions were amplified.
"There have been claims in other corners that I am homophobic and that is what led to the end of my show. Let me state unequivocally that I am not a homophobe," said Blundell.
"Over the 13 years I have been live on the radio, I consistently had guests on from the LGBT community. I did not discriminate on my show. I made fun of everything and everyone, and was encouraged to do so with the brand of entertainment we were employed to deliver. I have always been supportive of my gay friends, and of the gay community."
Corus stated that the cancellation of the show was a decision to try a more "music-focused morning format."
Blundell wrote the he would have more to say on the subject in the future.