Thursday, November 14, 2013

Premiere Drops/Resigns Talker Randi Rhodes

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UPDATE 11/15/2013 4PM:  Apparently, they've kissed-and-made-up!

Randi Rhodes announced at the beginning of her show Friday that she had signed a one-year extension with Premiere Networks.  And her show will continue afterall.  No word on how this all happened.

"In a happy turn of events, we are pleased to announce that Premiere Networks will continue to produce and distribute The Randi Rhodes Show," reads the new email sent Friday morning by Premiere's Peter Tripi, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Relations.

"In an industry of constant change, it's a pleasure to provide good news about a talk talent we think so highly of," the email continues, before concluding with an apology. "We apologize for any inconvenience the previous announcement caused, but look forward to a very successful 2014 with The Randi Rhodes Show."

Original Posting....

Premiere Networks on Wednesday announced it is dropping liberal talker Randi Rhodes’ radio show at the end of the year, the syndicator confirmed to Politico.

Rhodes, whose nationally syndicated show airs Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m., had suggested to her listeners since October that her days on radio were “totally numbered.” Premiere said today it will no longer carry her show after the year ends.

“Premiere Networks will no longer produce and distribute The Randi Rhodes Show after Tuesday, December 31, 2013,” Premiere’s public relations director Rachel Nelson told Politico in an email.

Premiere began distributing Rhodes’ show in 2009. Previously, her show had been on Air America Radio, the failed progressive radio network, and she’d made headlines during her tenure there in 2008 for calling Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro “whores.”

Rhodes’ regular guest host Nicole Sandler will fill in for Rhodes from Dec. 16-31 making Rhodes’ likely last day on air this year Dec. 13.

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