Veteran Chicago radio host is fired: Dan McNeil Bio, Wiki, Twitter
Dan McNeil is a Chicago radio host who has been fired after he remarked that an ESPN sideline reporter’s outfit belonged at a porn awards show.
Dan McNeil of Chicago’s 670 The Score ridiculed the ensemble Maria Taylor donned for Monday Night Football in a tweet during last night’s face-off between the Giants and the Steelers.
‘NFL sideline reporter or a host for the AVN [Adult Video News] annual awards presentation?’ McNeil wrote alongside a screengrab of Taylor.
She removed the post after about 30 minutes, but not before it sparked outrage from several critics, including Taylor herself.
‘Well Danny Dear, if you want to continue making sexist comments about me … please bring your misogyny to the NBA Countdown doubleheader that I am presenting tomorrow night,’ the reporter, who had just covered the first game of the NFL from her. race, he replied.
‘Hey ladies remember you can wear whatever you feel confident in!’ she added.
Entercom Chicago, which runs McNeil’s show, issued a statement Tuesday afternoon confirming that the host had been fired.
Dan McNeil is no longer an employee of The Score, ‘said Entercom regional president Rachel Williamson.
‘For each of us our words have power. For our brands and on-air personalities, that is amplified and comes with greater responsibility in how we choose [sic] to use our voices.
Last night’s tweet, and its demeaning and humiliating tone for a fellow broadcaster, was unacceptable.
‘We have the best teams in Chicago and we must maintain high expectations to continue to be a leader in our organization, our industry and our community.
“We apologize to everyone who was offended by Dan’s words, especially Maria.”
Several of Taylor’s ESPN colleagues chimed in to defend her on Twitter, including veteran sports journalist Jemelle Hill.
‘Just another example of what women have to go through in this business,’ Hill wrote.
‘Huge accomplishment for Maria to be part of the MNF team tonight and here comes an asshole trying to undermine a big moment in her career.’
Reporter Elle Duncan added: ‘Imagine just crushing your first MNF gig and having a senior age man comment on your outfit as his biggest takeaway.’
McNeil has not yet apologized or spoken publicly about his firing but did reply to one fan who slammed him on Twitter on Monday night.
‘Just wondering why you deleted your tweet you misogynistic f**k face,’ the fan wrote.
McNeil replied: ‘That’s a big word for you.’