KDKA RE­LEASES BELL

Con­tro­ver­sial ra­dio host Wendy Bell of­fi­cially fired.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Front Page - By Lau­ren Lee Lau­ren Lee: llee@ post- gazette. com; @ lau­ren_ llee.

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.”

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