Boston radio broadcaster Kirk Minihane has apologized for calling Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews a “gutless b***h.”
Minihane is the contrarian co-host on the high-rated Dennis & Callahan show on WEEI radio which airs from 6 am to 10 am on weekdays and is simulcast on the NESN TV network.
Minihane’s rant was prompted by what he considered Andrews’ “soft-ball” dugout interview with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright during Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game during which she took a shot at social media. As widely reported, Wainwright either did or didn’t grove a pitch to Yankees retiring shortstop Derek Jeter in the first inning.
Said Kirk Minihane Wednesday morning (see embed below) on his last show before leaving for vacation:
What a b***h! I hate her! What a gutless b***h! Seriously, go away. Drop dead. I mean, seriously what the hell is wrong with her? First of all, follow-up. Second of all, the guy admitted he did it. He admitted it. He told reporters he threw a couple of pipe bombs. How is that social media’s fault? I hate her. I seriously hate her so much. Social media is the reason she has a big house! Shut up. Shut up. I shouldn’t call her a b***h, I’m sure she’s a nice person…”
Later in the broadcast, Minihane apparently accurately predicted that “I’m going to get in trouble for this.”
As a result, Minihane perhaps received one of those uncomfortable phone calls from management, because he has issued an apology which was posted on the WEEI website Wednesday night:
This morning on the radio I used a series of words to describe Erin Andrews’ work at the All-Star Game. My choice of words was wrong; I was wrong to have used them. To all whom I offended — particularly Ms. Andrews — I apologize. There is no place for what was said. It was immature and completely uncalled for. I am often critical of media members and their work and recognize here that I’ve made the kind of mistake I would call out if it was done by another sportscaster or writer. Again, to all involved, I’m very sorry.”
It was announced earlier this week that Erin Andrews received a promotion to the first broadcast team on Fox Sports’ coverage of the NFL starting this fall, taking over for longtime sideline reporter Pam Oliver, who will now be working with the second-tier broadcast crew.
Leaving aside this incident on Wednesday morning, ratings for the Dennis & Callahan show, which has moved onto second place in Boston morning drive, have significantly improved over a year ago at this time in part because of the addition of quirky Kirk Minihane to the broadcast.
There is no defense for the language I used today to describe the work of Erin Andrews. I deserve all the criticism I’ve received.
— Kirk Minihane (@kirkmin) July 17, 2014