Friday, April 10, 2015

Newsweek Goes Inside The Opie&Anthony Break-Up

Opie and Anthony
SiriusXM broke up the Opie and Anthony Show last July when they fired Anthony after his Twitter comments were deemed offensive.

Opie and Jim Norton eventually re-signed with SiriusXM to continue on, and Anthony launched his own subscriber based streaming show, The Anthony Cumia Show.  Even though they had officially gone separate ways, the relationship between them was amicable– at least superficially– until recently.

Long time fans say they have noticed the strained relationship for years, but it wasn’t until last week, when an offhand comment seemed to spark an outpouring of anger, hurt, and resentment between the two radio hosts. The divide between the two former partners was so great, that they never spoke to each other directly, instead opting to air out their feelings via Twitter, Facebook, and through “monologues” on their respective shows beginning last Friday, and continuing through early this week.

Newsweek reporter Polly Mosendz spent a total of over three hours talking separately with Anthony Cumia, Gregg “Opie” Hughes and Jim Norton about the blow up, where it started, and where everyone stands now.  the piece includes the airing of dirty laundry, name calling, and even some tears and confessions.

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