“There was a flare-up about gun control on the show, which included a good deal of flashback against the station,” Benz told Triblive.com. “I wasn't able to walk away from the fight ... (so) I decided to step away from the Morning Show.”
The argument stemmed from a
Pittsburgh gun shop's recent giveaway of hundreds of rounds of ammunition, high-capacity magazines and an AR-15 military-style rifle on its Facebook page.
Erik Lowry, owner of Pittsburgh Tactical Firearms, which bills itself as “
America's Largest Online Firearms Mall,” gave away the gun and ammo. He said he did not hear the show but heard about Benz's decision.
Benz's comments on guns drew predictable reaction for this part of the country, Lowry said.
“When you're a morning show host in a town of blue-collar workers who love their guns and the Second Amendment, you're going to (anger) a lot of people,” he said.
John Moschitta, program director for Clear Channel Communications, the station's parent, did not return calls seeking comment.
if i can figure out a way to do that.i'll be back.if i cant, i've enjoyed my time on the x more than y'all can ever imagine. bell well -tb
— The X Morning Show (@XMorningShow) February 8, 2013
Benz said he did not resign and plans to honor his contract however the station sees fit — on the air in a different capacity or off the air.