Monday, April 17, 2006

Talk Show Host Fired After Penn "Hit"

SAN FRANCISCO -- A radio talk show host was fired after offering to pay a listener to kill comedian-magician Penn Jillette for racy comments about Mother Teresa.

John London said he was fired over the weekend from CBS-owned KIFR-FM along with producer Dennis Cruz and sports reporter Chris Townsend for comments made on the air last Wednesday.

London said he was being sarcastic when he offered $5,000 to kill Jillette.

"If he suffers, I'll make it $7,000," London said, according to Cruz.

Jillette, one-half of the Penn & Teller comedy-magic team, said on his syndicated talk show preceding London's that the deceased Catholic icon was a fraud who set up refuges for dying people for "sexual kicks."

Jillette said hotel heiress Paris Hilton was morally superior to the late nun.

"I was sickened by it," London said. "What he said wasn't satire. He raped her morally, when she couldn't respond."

The station does not comment on personnel matters, said spokesman Michael Coates. The station's Web site made no reference to the firing but it removed "John London's Inferno" from its lineup.

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