DL Hughley has issued an apology following his insensitive remarks regarding Columbus Short’s wife Tanee McCall-Short.
During his radio show, he expressed his opinions on Columbus Short’s departure from Scandal and the surrounding circumstances. During that time, he referred to Columbus’s wife as a ‘thirsty b*tch’.
“The star of one of the hottest dramas in the country, chokes the f*ck out of his wife? That doesn’t ever happen,” he says. “I don’t think it happened first off. Like the time Warren Sapp was getting ready to do the Super Bowl and some broad said that he raped her. There are just as many examples of women lying on men in the middle of divorce proceedings to get what they want, as there are men who actually do anything. My point is if he did what she’s alleging he did, she could still get all that she’s going to have and not bring it up now, when it damages his market value that she’s going to be impacted by. If he loses that job nobody’s living in Calabasas anymore.”
At that point, the show’s co-host Jasmine Sanders tried to explain that TMZ discovered the police report of the alleged incident on their own, but Hughley wasn’t hearing it. When asked if he hates women, he responded with:
“I don’t hate women. I hate dumb b****es. I hate women who act against their interests.”
It didn’t stop there. Jasmine continued to defend Tanee McCall, but Hughley argues that she knew exactly what she was getting into when she decided to marry and admits he’s been in volatile situations of his own.
“When you’re very young, you’re very volatile. I’ve been in situations where the police were called. I don’t believe that every time someone says something in the heat of anger, they actually mean it. Everybody want a thug dude, a passionate dude, until you gotta live with your mother in an undisclosed location. You know what kind of dude you picked. Stop it.”
The audio of the event was promptly removed from the internet after the backlash began — writer Kirsten West Savali even launched a petition on Change.org for the comedian to apologize for his insensitive statements.
He has since released a statement and officially apologized:
Los Angeles – April 30, 2014
Last week during an after-show segment of my radio show, The D.L. Hughley Show, I unintentionally offended some people.
In regards to Columbus Short’s legal issues, I jumped to a conclusion and blamed Tanee McCall-Short; and I’m sorry. My intent was not to quiet victims.
When I did speak of the topic on air, I repeatedly emphasized then, and as I do now, that anyone who is convicted of domestic violence, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law; and that is what I believe.
Today, as always, the phone lines to The D.L. Hughley Show will be open. We’ll address this topic with the DL Question of the Day and will discuss it throughout the show today from 3pm – 7pm ET.
What do you think of his comments?
[via Global Grind]