John and Ken apologize for Whitney Houston 'crack' comments
KFI radio hosts John & Ken have apologized for derogatory comments they made about Whitney Houston that resulted in their suspension from the station.
"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," John Kobylt said in a statement. He hosts the show with Ken Chiampou.
When talking about reports of Houston's odd behavior before her death Saturday, they said: “It's like, ‘Ah Jesus . . . here comes the crack ho again, what’s she gonna do?"
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 Urban Informer website.
When talking about her drug problems and death, they said: "Really, it took this long?"
KFI announced the suspension Thursday.
"Management does not condone, support or tolerate statements of this kind," the station said in a statement.
Officials are still trying to determine how Houston died.
Authorities collected several bottles of prescription drugs from Houston's suite at the Beverly Hilton, where she was found dead Saturday. But officials have said the amount 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