KDKA RELEASES BELL
Controversial radio host Wendy Bell officially fired.
Wendy Bell no longer is affiliated with KDKA- Radio, an Entercom spokesman said Friday night.
The announcement follows her removal from the air in early September after she suggested on her show that park rangers should “shoot on sight” people vandalizing public monuments.
Entercom, which owns the radio station, said both it and Ms. Bell had mutually agreed to part ways.
In a video segment of her live show, which was posted June 26 to her “Wendy Bell Radio” Facebook page, Ms. Bell said: “My easy solution for the park rangers and hopefully snipers who are going to be watching for this is to shoot on sight. Shoot, done. No more messing with monuments. You want to mess with a monument? Done, get out.”
That video, along with other recent posts from Ms. Bell, have sparked backlash on social media and toward KDKA- TV, despite the fact that KDKA- TV and KDKA- Radio are owned by separate companies.
Ms. Bell could not be reached for comment, but she posted a video to her Facebook page Friday discussing her status with her husband, Joe O’Toole. Ms. Bell talked about “being fired for sharing conservative values.”
“The chapter of my life that had been radio, now in the last several hours, has dissolved officially,” Ms. Bell said to her husband.
Ms. Bell was fired from WTAE- TV in 2016 after 18 years after she made comments deemed racist on her official Facebook page following a mass shooting in Wilkinsburg in which five adults and an unborn child were killed during a backyard cookout.
Ms. Bell began working for KDKA- Radio in January 2019.
“I find that I’ve dragged you through some mud, because I am an opinionated but honest person,” Ms. Bell said to her husband in the video.
“A lot of people don’t like honesty and a lot of people sure as heck don’t like common sense conservative values, and for some reason in society today, if you espouse those values, particularly as a woman, you get a price to pay.”