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Whitney Houston: John & Ken radio team suspended over drug comments

http://opinion.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c7de353ef015435cf59a1970c-600wi

John & Ken, the popular KFI-AM (640) radio talk show duo, were suspended by the station Thursday for comments they made about Whitney Houston that some found offensive.

"John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou have been suspended for making insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late Whitney Houston," KFI said in a statement on its website. "Management does not condone, support or tolerate statements of this kind."

In the statement, Kobylt said, "We made a mistake, and we accept the station’s decision. We used language that was inappropriate, and we sincerely apologize to our listeners and to the family of Ms. Houston.”

On the show, the duo talked about Houston's past drug problems, at one point saying she was "cracked out for 20 years," according to a recording on the website Urban Informer.

When talking about her drug problems and death, they said: "Really, it took this long?"

Authorities collected several bottles of prescription drugs from Houston's suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was found dead Saturday. But officials have said the amounts of drugs did not seem unusually large, leaving it unclear whether the medications had anything to do with the singer's death.

Officials are waiting for the results of toxicology tests on Houston's body.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office said Wednesday that investigators had asked  "a number" of doctors to provide them with Houston's medical information.

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Photo: John Kobylt, left, and Ken Chiampou host an afternoon show on Los Angeles' KFI-AM (640). Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

 
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