Former actor and US Representative Fred Grandy (R-IA) has left Citadel’s WMAL-AM Washington, DC in a dispute with management. However, the two sides disagree over what the dispute was about.
Grandy, best known in his Hollywood days for his role as “Gopher” on “The Love Boat,” had been on air at WMAL since 2003. Most recently he hosted a show called “The Grandy Group,” which also included his wife, Catherine Mann-Grandy, as an occasional guest.
Mann-Grandy told Fox News that WMAL management told her husband that she could no longer be on the show after recent comments that compared radical Muslims to Nazis. When Grandy was told that he quit. Mann-Grandy also said she believed the Council on American Islamic Relations was involved in her removal. Fred Grandy told Fox News he couldn’t comment for legal reasons, but confirmed that he made the decision to resign.
“WMAL did not terminate Fred Grandy’s employment, and never had any intention to do so. Fred informed us on March 2 of his intention to resign from the station. To be clear, at no time has WMAL told Fred that he was not allowed to discuss his views on Islam over the air. In fact, he has done so on numerous occasions. Further, WMAL has not been contacted by any organization seeking to restrict his broadcasts,” said a statement by WMAL President and General Manager Jeff Boden posted on the station’s website.