TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The hosts of a popular New Jersey radio show suspended for calling the nation’s first Sikh attorney general “turban man” are back on the air.
WKXW-FM hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco returned to the air Monday after a 10-day suspension.
Franco called it an “emotional whirlwind” of a week and said she looks forward to moving on.
Malloy and Franco earlier issued an apology to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the Sikh and Asian communities:
“We offer our sincerest apologies to Attorney General Gurbir Grewal as well as the Sikh and Asian communities for a series of insensitive comments we made on our show. For 21 years, the Dennis and Judi show has been unscripted and free form. We use humor and sarcasm to make a point and add color to the broadcast; in this instance, we were off the mark. It was a mistake we both deeply regret. We respect all cultures and beliefs and are deeply sorry for the pain caused to the Sikh community, our co-workers and our beloved listeners.”
The station also apologized and suspended them without pay.
The longtime hosts of the “Dennis & Judi” show uttered the slur last month while talking about Grewal’s directive to prosecutors to temporarily suspend marijuana prosecutions.
Grewal, who wears a turban and beard, called on Twitter for an end to “small-minded intolerance.”
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