A pair of popular Los Angeles radio hosts have agreed to “cultural sensitivity training” after one of them referred to Whitney Houston as a “crack ho” shortly after the singer died last month.
KFI-AM 640, a Clear Channel radio station, suspended John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, who host The John and Ken Show, for a few days last month after Kobylt mimicked what he thought it must have been like for friends of Houston prior to her death.
“It’s like, ‘ah Jesus, here comes the crack ho again. What’s she gonna do? Oh, look at that, she’s doing handstands next to the pool. Very good, crack ho. nice.’ After a while, everybody’s exhausted. And then you find out she’s dead.”
According to a “memorandum to the Los Angeles Community” from KFI dated Thursday, executives and talent there have had “individual conversations and community meetings” that have resulted in six courses of action, the most significant being No. 4.
“John and Ken, along with key staff and management, will participate in cultural sensitivity training furthering their awareness of the cultural melting pot that is Southern California.”
John and Ken, though, bill themselves as being unafraid to be politically incorrect and, in fact, have mocked such ideas as sensitivity training when it has been applied to others in the news.
KFI also said that, since their return to the airwaves after issuing two apologies, John and Ken have hosted a guest on air “to discuss why the comments were particularly offensive to the African-American community.”
The station also said it will expand its internship program to target minority students and it will “update guidelines for our on-air hosts in a way that is helpful in a live unscripted environment.”