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"Opie And Anthony" Host Fired After Racist Twitter Rant, Deletes All Tweets

"She's lucky I was a white legal gun owner or she'd be dead." UPDATE: SiriusXM told BuzzFeed Cumia has been fired, and all of his tweets for months have been deleted. (NSFW language.)

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SiriusXM DJ Anthony Cumia, co-host of long-running radio program The Opie and Anthony Show, said he was fired Friday after launching into an extended racist tirade on Twitter, claiming a woman in Times Square assaulted him on Tuesday.

Patrick Reilly, SiriusXM's senior vice president of communications, told BuzzFeed in a statement that the DJ had been let go late Thursday night.

SiriusXM has terminated its relationship with Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony channel. The decision was made, and Cumia informed, late Thursday, July 3 after careful consideration of his racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media. Those remarks and postings are abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents.

Cumia — who was paid $3 million a year — continued to tweet about the incident, insisting he has no interest in apologizing because he "did nothing wrong." But by Saturday, his tweets from roughly the last six months, including those in the rant, had all been deleted, and nearly all of his tweets were gone by Monday.

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Sirius decided to cave and fire me. Welcome to bizarro world. Fired for shit that wasn't even on the air & wasn't illegal. So, who's next?

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

Sirius decided to cave and fire me. Welcome to bizarro world. Fired for shit that wasn't even on the air & wasn't illegal. So, who's next?

9:01 AM - 04 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

RT @BDGallof: so, ant... Anything you regret lately? Would you do anything over? -I was assaulted taking pics. I did nothing wrong. So, no

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

RT @BDGallof: so, ant... Anything you regret lately? Would you do anything over?

-I was assaulted taking pics. I did nothing wrong. So, no

11:56 PM - 03 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I wouldn't apologize. I'm not sorry. Talk to you all after a great summer!

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

I wouldn't apologize. I'm not sorry. Talk to you all after a great summer!

8:23 AM - 04 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It is not yet clear whether co-hosts Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Jim Norton will continue the show without their partner, and the two both wrote vague comments about the situation on Twitter.

For 10 years, @AnthonyCumia has made me laugh harder than anyone alive. No one has silenced me, I just have no idea what happens next.

Jim Norton@JimNorton

For 10 years, @AnthonyCumia has made me laugh harder than anyone alive. No one has silenced me, I just have no idea what happens next.

8:19 PM - 04 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Just spent a glorious day photographing the Wood Covered Bridges of Vermont. Did I miss anything?

opie radio@OpieRadio

Just spent a glorious day photographing the Wood Covered Bridges of Vermont. Did I miss anything?

5:30 PM - 03 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

On Wednesday night, Cumia said he was trying to take pictures of Times Square when a woman got angry for being caught in his frame.

The 53-year-old host said the woman objected to being in the photos and started punching him. He said after calling her a name she punched him repeatedly, and was then harassed by "5 blacks."

Though he never filed a police report, he then took to Twitter to tell his story and rail against "animals" who "prey on white people":

Here's the pic that got the whore bitch piece of cunt all pissy.

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

Here's the pic that got the whore bitch piece of cunt all pissy.

6:20 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

So, I'm taking pix in NYC & a black girl who was in frame punched me in the face. I called her a fucking "&$;;-:" cause that's what she WAS!

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

So, I'm taking pix in NYC & a black girl who was in frame punched me in the face. I called her a fucking "&$;;-:" cause that's what she WAS!

3:36 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Cumia says she repeatedly attacked him, and that's when the other people appeared and gave him a hard time.

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Then she punched me 5 more times. She's lucky I was a white legal gun owner or she'd be dead. Then 5 blacks started giving me shit!

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

Then she punched me 5 more times. She's lucky I was a white legal gun owner or she'd be dead. Then 5 blacks started giving me shit!

3:37 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I told them to back the fuck off, this wasn't their show. The cunt then punched me again. Seems white boys don't hit back. Lucky savage.

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

I told them to back the fuck off, this wasn't their show. The cunt then punched me again. Seems white boys don't hit back. Lucky savage.

3:38 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He says if a cop was around, she'd probably lie that he "sexually harassed her."

Wish a cop was around. Although she said she'd tell them I sexually harassed her. Lying cunt. I hope she gets shot in her ass fuck face. Ugh

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

Wish a cop was around. Although she said she'd tell them I sexually harassed her. Lying cunt. I hope she gets shot in her ass fuck face. Ugh

3:40 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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He continues that because of his race, he was unable to retaliate.

Im fucking livid. If I was an illegal savage I'd have shot her. The I are violence in her was so predictable. I hope she gets killed.

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

Im fucking livid. If I was an illegal savage I'd have shot her. The I are violence in her was so predictable. I hope she gets killed.

3:43 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's a jungle out in our cities after midnight. Violent savages own the streets. They all came 2 defend this pig. I had to yell like at dogs

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

It's a jungle out in our cities after midnight. Violent savages own the streets. They all came 2 defend this pig. I had to yell like at dogs

3:46 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Savage violent animal fucks prey on white people. Easy targets. This CUNT has no clue how lucky she was. She belted me 10 times. I had a gun

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

Savage violent animal fucks prey on white people. Easy targets. This CUNT has no clue how lucky she was. She belted me 10 times. I had a gun

3:54 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

RT @tikiruss: @AnthonyCumia WTF? For no reason? -Reason!?? I WAS WHITE!!!

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

RT @tikiruss: @AnthonyCumia WTF? For no reason?

-Reason!?? I WAS WHITE!!!

3:47 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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RT @justacword: @AnthonyCumia did you get any photos of her -Yup. Animal pig fuck cunt bitch

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

RT @justacword: @AnthonyCumia did you get any photos of her

-Yup. Animal pig fuck cunt bitch

3:46 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Cumia repeatedly says the woman accidentally got in a picture while he was photographing Times Square, although many questioned the veracity of this as the first picture she's seen in is under scaffolding.

RT @RonLR2: @AnthonyCumia So, what started all this? -I was taking pix in Times Square. She was in a pic. Violence was her answer. ANIMAL

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

RT @RonLR2: @AnthonyCumia So, what started all this?

-I was taking pix in Times Square. She was in a pic. Violence was her answer.
ANIMAL

3:56 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Or maybe a pic of the city with no one in it.

The cunt animal kept walking into my arm I had up as a block saying "DONT TOUCH ME!" Then would hit me. I hope a home boy beats her to death

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

The cunt animal kept walking into my arm I had up as a block saying "DONT TOUCH ME!"
Then would hit me. I hope a home boy beats her to death

5:15 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The automatic jump to violence in that community is astounding. No discussion. It's start punching at the least little thing. Uncivilized!!

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

The automatic jump to violence in that community is astounding. No discussion. It's start punching at the least little thing. Uncivilized!!

5:20 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He also seems to regret not fighting back.

RT @KyleScutch: Did u hit her back -I was fooled by my upbringing. "Don't hit a woman". But this was an animal. I shoulda smashed it's face

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

RT @KyleScutch: Did u hit her back

-I was fooled by my upbringing. "Don't hit a woman". But this was an animal. I shoulda smashed it's face

5:32 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There's a deep seeded problem with violence in the black community. Try to address it and you'll be exiled to racistville. But it's real.

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

There's a deep seeded problem with violence in the black community. Try to address it and you'll be exiled to racistville. But it's real.

5:41 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Great pic of the CUNTRAG bitch fuck animal pig face worthless meat sack shit pile stink crotch ass stain rot bung...

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

Great pic of the CUNTRAG bitch fuck animal pig face worthless meat sack shit pile stink crotch ass stain rot bung...

5:58 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

As he began to wind down, Cumia sent a few tweets about the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

RT @MaxineWaters: Today is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. We've made progress, there is still more work to do -There sure is

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

RT @MaxineWaters: Today is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. We've made progress, there is still more work to do

-There sure is

2:33 PM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

RT @NationalAction: 50 Years Ago Today, President Johnson signed the civil rights act of 1964. #50YearsLater -How's THAT workin out?

Anthony Cumia@AnthonyCumia

RT @NationalAction: 50 Years Ago Today, President Johnson signed the civil rights act of 1964. #50YearsLater

-How's THAT workin out?

2:06 PM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Cumia's fans largely tweeted at him in support, often making racist and sexist comments themselves.

@AnthonyCumia And this is the reason why no one wants to be around them, but they get away with it because OBAMA PREZDEN NAH !

Wayde Petersen@wtpetrsn

@AnthonyCumia And this is the reason why no one wants to be around them, but they get away with it because OBAMA PREZDEN NAH !

4:03 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@AnthonyCumia Female privilege at it's finest.

Adam@skysamfreeman

@AnthonyCumia Female privilege at it's finest.

3:43 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@AnthonyCumia @tikiruss should pumped a fucking clip of "privilige" into them

Jesse Roy@Jesse_Roy

@AnthonyCumia @tikiruss should pumped a fucking clip of "privilige" into them

3:49 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@AnthonyCumia you could have justified shooting all of them at that point...

Chris@RaaZeR

@AnthonyCumia you could have justified shooting all of them at that point...

7:01 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@AnthonyCumia @MilesToCode can you blame them ?, black women are the Terminatrix !.

Wayde Petersen@wtpetrsn

@AnthonyCumia @MilesToCode can you blame them ?, black women are the Terminatrix !.

3:13 PM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@AnthonyCumia they know we can't fight back. Put em on a boat send em back

Jim@jlrich46

@AnthonyCumia they know we can't fight back. Put em on a boat send em back

9:55 PM - 01 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@AnthonyCumia She was mad her welfare Check didnt show up on time to get to the check cashn store...

White Neon@LongBeachOGKush

@AnthonyCumia She was mad her welfare Check didnt show up on time to get to the check cashn store...

8:46 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@AnthonyCumia she was close to her own death tonight! Kudos for doing the white thing... I mean right thing!

Kevin Haskins@kevinhaskins

@AnthonyCumia she was close to her own death tonight! Kudos for doing the white thing... I mean right thing!

11:18 PM - 01 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@AnthonyCumia I don't have the temperament you do, I would have choked that nigger savage out

Radiated Thoughts@KingWOHisCrown

@AnthonyCumia I don't have the temperament you do, I would have choked that nigger savage out

7:21 AM - 02 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Hughes and Cumia have been on the air since 1995, often hosting shows that include controversial bits such as the annual "homeless shopping spree," once letting a homeless man into the studio to talk about wanting to sexually assault Condoleezza Rice, and reporting that former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino had died in a car crash, with the stunt going so several of Menino's family members believed it.

The pair have been fined by the Federal Communications Commission and fired for such stunts, though they always found a new station to call home.

One instance, in 2004, had CBS Radio and Infinity parent company Viacom fined $3.5 million to cancel all pending indecency claims against the shock jocks. The issue was a "Sex for Sam" contest where listeners were encouraged to have sex in public.

The show, now hosted with comedian Jim Norton, first went on the air in Boston, and has been on SiriusXM since 2004. SiriusXM started The Opie and Anthony Channel in 2011.

Representatives for SiriusXM did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

H/t Gawker

Rachel Zarrell is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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