After this week’s statement by Corus Entertainment, I took a few days to think about the situation I find myself in. I want to take this opportunity to set the record straight.
I’ve been on the radio for 13 years, talking to people across the GTA every morning. Over the course of 4000+ shows and more than 19500 hours live on the air, I’ve taken funny, controversial and sometimes inappropriate humour to every corner of the city, poked fun of everything and everyone – including myself, often – and learned a heck of a lot along the way.
Management at Corus Entertainment chose this week to end The Dean Blundell Show, citing a desire to return to a more music-focused morning format.
As a result of this decision, 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.
If you do something every single day, for as long as I have, making a career out of pushing the envelope and being inappropriate at times, there are bound to be differences of opinion that arise. I respect that. But I am not a homophobe.
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.
I will have much more to say about this unfortunate situation in the coming weeks.
Finally, I want to once again thank everyone who has supported me through this challenging time. It has been my honour to be a part of so many peoples’ mornings for 13 years, and the thousands of you who have sent messages of support have meant a great deal.