Chuck Bonniwell, a conservative radio host, made the remarks during 710 KNUS’s “Chuck & Julie” afternoon program. After noting the “never-ending impeachment” of Trump, Bonniwell joked that “you wish for a nice school shooting to interrupt.”
Julie Hayden, his wife and co-host, immediately interjected, telling Bonniwell, “Don’t even say that.”
“No, don’t even say that. Don’t call us. Chuck didn’t say that,” she added, prompting Bonniwell to try and walk back the statement by saying he wouldn’t want anyone to “be hurt.”
Just hours later, 710 KNUS Denver released a statement saying that the radio show had been canceled following Bonniwell’s “inappropriate” remarks.
“Given the history of school violence that has plagued our community, 710 KNUS confirms that an inappropriate comment was made on the Chuck & Julie show by co-host Chuck Bonniwell,” the station said in a statement. “A programming decision was made to end the program immediately.”
Given the history of school violence that has plagued our community, 710 KNUS confirms that an inappropriate comment was made on the Chuck & Julie show by co-host Chuck Bonniwell. A programming decision was made to end the program immediately.
— 710 KNUS Denver (@710KNUS) December 19, 2019
Bonniwell argued on the “Chuck & Julie” Twitter account that his comment was intended to be a joke and that it was misinterpreted.
“Unbelievable that a radio host would suggest a school shooting to distract from the presidential impeachment,” said John Castillo, the father of Kendrick Castillo, who died in the May shooting.
Unbelievable that a raido host would suggest a school shooting to distract from the presidential inpement. The Chuck and Julie show on knus 710
— John Castillo (@69bronco) December 18, 2019
Sandy Phillips, whose daughter was killed int the Aurora theater shooting, called for Bonniwell’s firing, saying his remarks represented “total ignorance.”
This guy should be fired. Total ignorance. Shootings hurt us all…just ask witnesses and first responders. You don’t have to be shot to be wounded. #survivorsempowered https://t.co/gBRfZthAUg
— Sandy Phillips (@MamaRedfield) December 18, 2019
This was not the first controversy involving the radio station in recent months. The station made headlines in mid-November after the conservative talk-show host Craig Silverman said that he was fired for criticizing Trump during his program.