Earlier this week we covered the court-related homophobia involving the perennial Canadian Broadcast Standards Council fine owners at the Dean Blundell Show. Well, today the other shoe dropped. Edge 102.1, which has used the Dean Blundell Show as its station anchor through the morning show for the last 12 years, announced it is suspending the shock jock show indefinitely in the wake of the controversy.
The official statement from Corus Entertainment reads:
“Effective immediately, we are suspending The Dean Blundell Show. This will allow us to review our internal practices to ensure that our programming is compliant with our station’s policies, as well as community and broadcast standards.”
Blundell apologized for the virulently homophobic jokes he made involving the sexual assault trial of 32-year-old Jason Dowholis, stating that he and producer Derek Welsman, “both made rude, homophobic and inappropriate remarks, which were offensive and unacceptable.”
“We offended a lot of listeners, our families and our friends. Those conversations were not entertaining.” he continued. “ They were plain and simply wrong. For this, I sincerely apologize.”
This looks like the beginning of the end of an era.