Jason Robo, a 39-year-old comedian, lost his radio show after making a racist comment at San Diego County Public Health Director Wilma Wooten, who is black.
“You should quit, [Nora] Vargas. I can’t wait for your arteries to get clogged. They don’t do it fast enough. And Nathan [Fletcher], you should kill yourself, a dishonorable discharge would blow your brains out. [Terra] Lawson-Remer, I like to call you a little monkey. I would like to see you hang from a tree. And [Dr. Wilma] Wooten, you’re fucking King Aunt Jemima “, Robo said at a meeting on Tuesday held by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors regarding the COVID vaccine mandate.
San Diego County Board Vice President and Supervisor Nora Vargas immediately interrupted Robo after insulting Wooten and asking for his microphone to be turned off.
Lauren Schmitt, news director at radio station KMUD, confirmed to News week Thursday that Robo lost his radio show in Humboldt County because of his racist remarks. Robo’s two-hour show aired Saturdays on the KMUD radio station.
After seeing Robo’s comments, Schmitt said in a statement to according to San Diego Times that “immediate action is being taken”.
Schmitt said the station denounces the “several deplorable statements” that Robo, a volunteer at KMUD, made at the meeting and that it is discussing the fate of its future shows.
“The volunteer programmer in question has little or no direct relationship with the station, as their pre-recorded show is submitted,” KMUD told News week read. “We would like to be clear that their opinions do not reflect our values. Although these statements were made on an outside platform, we have started the discussion about their future as a volunteer.”
“While we understand the importance of free speech, we recognize the difference between this and hate speech. KMUD is dedicated to diversity, acceptance and understanding,” said the director of the information from KMUD.
News week contacted Robo for comment.
Responding to questions about his comments at Tuesday’s meeting, Robo told the San Diego Times that he does not “trust the media and without having the opportunity to write my own statement then I am [hesitant] to participate.”
Robo on Thursday posted an undisclosed interview he had with NBC San Diego where he denied being racist and said he was only expressing his take on the COVID vaccine mandate.
After Tuesday’s incident, Nathan Fletcher, chairman of the San Diego County Board of Directors wrote on Twitter that current board policies will be reviewed to “ensure a welcoming and productive environment for the public.”
“We should all be outraged by the comments made at yesterday’s meeting. It is unfortunate that some commentators at our Supervisory Board meetings have taken an increasingly low profile by attacking county staff and members. of the board, ”he said.
Updated 6/11/2021 12:51 PM ET: This story has been updated with comments from KMUD News Director Lauren Schmitt.