Sirius XM Radio Fires O&A’s Anthony Cumia Fans Cancel Their Subscriptions

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Following a series of angry tweets that Sirius XM radio deemed racist from Opie and Anthony radio star Anthony Cumia, the radio broadcasting company fired the shock jock which prompted fans to cancel their subscriptions. Cumia stated that he was assaulted by a black woman who was angry that the radio host took a picture of her in Times Square. Cumia asserted that he was simply taking pictures of the scenery and the woman began making threats and assaulting him.

The incident prompted Cumia to produce a series of inflammatory tweets which insulted the woman and called her such things as “a savage.” Sirius XM radio said the fired the popular DJ because his comments where “abhorrent” and inconsistent with what the company represents.

After his firing, Cumia tweeted that his employers caved in and described his surroundings as a bizarro world: a place where he is fired for something that didn’t even happen on the air, or on company time. Cumia asserted that he has options, and a large fanbase, so this isn’t the last the world will see of him.

Sirius XM radio subscribers who are loyal fans to Opie and Anthony (O&A), responded to the firing by posting tweets of their cancelled subscription confirmation pages under the hashtags #IStandWithAnthony and #CancelSiriusXM. Angry Opie and Anthony fans stated that the way the satellite radio provider handled the issue was ridiculous, and that the company refusing to stand by its talent is a prime example of what Opie and Anthony advocated against.

Sirius XM Radio has offered no response to the fans cancelling their subscription in retaliation to O&A’s Anthony Cumia’s firing. The show had a large following and frequently had notable entertainers and comedians guest star for free, including Louis CK, Patrice O’neal, Greg Giraldo, George Carlin, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Pollak, Robert Kelly, William Shatner, Dane Cook, Seth Rogen, Gary Oldman, Bill Burr, Amy Schumer, Jonah Hill, Judd Apatow, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Joe Derosa, Nick Dipaolo and Ozzy Osbourne.

Sirius XM Radio’s, and Anthony Cumia’s partners, Jim Norton and Gregg “Opie” Hughes have not commented on the company’s firing of their friend and cohort or the fans’ cancelled subscriptions, aside from a tweet from Hughes asking his followers if he “missed anything” while he was out of town. For years, the three radio personalities have defended public figures who have been fired for things they have said that the public found unsavory. They always took the position that progress must be achieved by a nation of people being honest and not scapegoating known figures as a “shameful” excuse for actually solving world problems.

After firings from other radio stations for previous stunts, the radio show found its home on Sirius XM radio, where they were free to use whatever language they wanted. The Opie and Anthony show has also been a proponent of honesty in the world of fame, and accused the apologies given by celebrities who were subject of scandals as “groveling” in an effort to keep their job in a world that is eager to fire someone for speaking honestly about their opinions. Cumia asserted that he would not be offering an apology of any sort to Sirius XM radio, or the public, although he has erased a lot of his tweets.

By Andres Loubriel

The Blaze
Think Progress
USA Today

20 Responses to "Sirius XM Radio Fires O&A’s Anthony Cumia Fans Cancel Their Subscriptions"

  1. Matthew Faller   July 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    That was a great article, thank-you for being so balanced and fair. It is very refreshing as every other article from a major source has been hammering the nails deeper.

  2. Frank   July 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Lifetime subscription cancelled.

    Monetarily that actually works in SiriusXM’s favor as I haven’t paid a subscription price in years, but at least it’s one less subscriber. O&A are the reason I bought into XM, it’s a good enough reason to leave. That, and that whole freedom of speech thing…

    Never defend someone’s misguided thought that they have some right to not be offended.

    Please choose context over miscellaneous words and common sense over so-called “abhorrent” behavior.

  3. Paul   July 8, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I cancelled my subscription yesterday. Got $147 back from them. Based on what the guy was teling me…they are losing a lot of money. They offered a free month and I laughed. Told them to call me when Anthony is back on.

  4. VJ   July 8, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Has anyone from management ever listened to the show? Nothing in his tweets hasn’t been said hundreds of times on the air. somehow stern is behind this.

  5. Read Snopes   July 7, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    That woman WAS a SAVAGE. Sorry, it’s not racist to call ANY low-life “human” that has to result to ape behavior to solve a problem. If he had said the same thing about a white/asian/jew/eskimo etc…. no one would care.

  6. Brian   July 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    If a fear of losing money can bring back the duck commander, it can bring back The Ant.

  7. Sean In AZ   July 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Finally! One media outlet that recounts the story honestly, and gets to real root of the problem. #StandWithAnthony #CancelSiriusXM.

  8. Mike   July 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Great Article!! FINALLY honest reporting of how the events unfolded! However Anthony did not remove the tweets! TWITTER DID THAT! Censored by TWO crybaby PC coward companies for nothing more that speaking his mind and the truth! #StandWithAnt

  9. Alex   July 7, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I cancelled mine on saturday morning, took 5 mins, was looking for a reason to drop that 10 bucks a month off my CC

  10. Anthony   July 7, 2014 at 9:43 am

    This is the most accurate reporting so far. I would ask that you edit it and insert the great Colin Quinn of the world famous “the Toosh” as a regular guest of the trio. He deserves his time in the spotlight.

  11. ComedyRiff   July 7, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I salute “Andres Loubriel” for being a real journalist and actually report on what happened as objectively as possible. Lots of advocasy journalists with their agendas should take notes.

    • Andres Loubriel   July 14, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      I appreciate your compliments, thank you!

  12. DrSANDMAN   July 7, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Finally! An honest article about the situation. I hope SXM fails. Poor management, making terrible decisions. Who cares what a DJ says on Twitter? Subscribers don’t care. His followers didn’t care. I cancelled my subscriptions this morning. Was on hold 24 minutes. Hope I’m one of many irritated fans who Sirius neglected over the holiday. If I ran a business, I’d put my customers above non-subscribing Internet trolls.

  13. James   July 7, 2014 at 7:12 am

    If it is any indication sirius stock is down 1.45% as of this morning and doesn’t look like it is going up anytime soon.

  14. Selmer   July 7, 2014 at 5:36 am

    O@A will make so much more $ when they start a subscription based network like ” The Blaze”. They will have 100% content control, the video element that they have been asking for. Sirius XM blows it’s about time they left

  15. Mike Litoris   July 6, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    What’s wrong with hardcore pornography?

  16. vespajet   July 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Let’s not forget about all of the posts their fans have made on the SiriusXM Facebook page in which they’ve posted images featuring hardcore pornography, images mocking people with medical deformities, racist as well as anti-Semitic imagery. Stuff gets deleted by Facebook, but they simply repost it. If that’s any indication of their fan base, SiriusXM is better off without them.

  17. frankie avalon   July 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Rich Vos The Stand NYC 07/13
    f_ck CQ

  18. Mike Litoris   July 6, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Poodle, You could not possibly believe those numbers to be true. If O&A only brought in 0.1% of the subscribers, why would they each be making millions annually? In fact, for only 0.1%, why would they have had a show on Sirius at all? You know that is bogus, and you said it anyway. You sir, are a liar.

    The TRUTH about that inflated “20 Million paid subscribers” number is that SiriusXM uses creative math to get there. Many subs are given away in package deals, (new car purchases, for example), but they count them as “paid” because they are still technically sold as part of a package.

    The meaningful number to count, would be how many subscribers actually chose to sign up. SiriusXM doesn’t give us that number. I wonder why.

  19. Poodle McKatz (@PoodleDoodleToo)   July 6, 2014 at 10:23 am

    couple of thoughts: first, the devil is in the details, and “Savage” was the nicest thing Ant called the woman… the full thread of tweets (which Ant has removed) can still be found at various places on the web, including here, i believe


    second, a quick look at SiriusXM’s latest annual report shows over 20 Million paying subscribers… if even 20,000 O&A fans cancel their subscription, that’s less than 0.1% of the active subscriber base, so literally a drop in the bucket.

    personally, i’m not a fan of angry tirades, but i would never advocate that he be fired or there be a boycott… (that’s why there’s an off button)… but if SiriusXM thinks that doing business with Ant is not in their best financial interest any longer, that’s their right as well. ultimately the marketplace (of both money and ideas) will decide.


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