(NEW YORK POST) – A Denver radio show was yanked off the air after a host joked that he wanted a “nice school shooting” to break up the constant coverage of President Trump’s impeachment, according to multiple reports.
Chuck Bonniwell, who co-hosts KNUS 710-AM’s “Chuck and Julie” program with Julie Hayden, made the comment during their Tuesday afternoon segment, local outlet 9 News reported.
“All right, Chuck Bonniwell, Julie Hayden here, a little after 1:30, talking about the never-ending impeachment of Donald Trump,” Bonniwell said, chuckling, in the clip that has been posted to Twitter. “You know, you wish for a nice school shooting to interrupt the monotony.”
Hayden quickly cut him off — talking over her co-host before he finished the sentence.
“Don’t even — don’t even say that. No, don’t even say that,” she said. “Don’t call us. Chuck didn’t say that.”
But a still-laughing Bonniwell continued, adding, “[in] which no one would be hurt.”
In a statement posted to Twitter Wednesday evening, the station confirmed that Bonniwell’s program was canceled. It’s unclear whether he’s still employed by the station.
“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 statement said. “A programming decision was made to end the program immediately.”
Relatives of school shooting victims in the state bashed Bonniwell’s comments on Twitter. One was John Castillo, the father of Kendrick Castillo, the courageous high school student who was killed while attempting to stop the May shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, in which eight others were wounded.
“Unbelievable that a radio host would suggest a school shooting to distract from the presidential [impeachment],” he wrote.
Sandy Phillips, whose daughter Jessi was killed in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, was also outraged.
“This guy should be fired,” she tweeted. “Total ignorance. Shootings hurt us all…just ask witnesses and first responders. You don’t have to be shot to be wounded.”
The Chuck and Julie Twitter account issued an apology from Bonniwell on Wednesday evening, which appears to have since been deleted.
“I made an inappropriate comment meant as a joke,” the apology said, according to the Denver Post. “I’m sorry it was not received that way.”