jv and elvis get the boot

It is done. After much pressure and outcry from the Asian American community, CBS Radio has fired radio hosts Jeff Vandergrift and Dan Lay, aka "The Dog House with JV and Elvis," from their show on 92.3 FreeFM in New York: Asian slurs end shock jocks' show on CBS. Last month, the pair aired a racist, sexist prank call to a Chinese restaurant, rebroadcast just days after CBS fired Imus for his on-air racial remarks.
Asian slurs end shock jocks' show on CBS

NEW YORK - One month after CBS Radio fired radio host Don Imus, it has permanently pulled the plug on a pair of suspended New York shock jocks for a prank phone call rife with offensive Asian stereotypes.

"The Dog House with JV and Elvis," hosted by Jeff Vandergrift and Dan Lay, "will no longer be broadcast," CBS Radio spokeswoman Karen Mateo said Saturday.

The cancellation of the show on WFNY-FM, nearly three weeks after the hosts were suspended, was another indication of the increased scrutiny on radio hosts and the heightened management sensitivity to complaints in the wake of the Imus firing.

CBS Radio dismissed Imus in April for his racist and sexist remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team.

Vandergrift and Lay broadcast a call to a Chinese restaurant in which the caller, in an exaggerated accent, placed an order for "shrimp flied lice," claimed he was a student of kung fu, and compared menu items to employees' body parts.

The initial airing of the call went unnoticed, but a rebroadcast after Imus's firing prompted an outcry from Asian-American groups. Vandergrift and Lay were initially suspended without pay, but Asian-Americans quickly demanded the same penalty applied to the much higher-profile Imus.

"This is a victory not only for the Asian-American community, but for all communities who find themselves constant targets of racist and sexist programming," said Jeanette Wang, an executive with the Organization of Chinese Americans.

Mateo would not comment on the status of the DJs' contracts or whether they were still on the CBS payroll.

Imus plans a $120 million breach of contract suit against CBS Radio.
This is good news, since it sends the message that the culture of radio shock jocks do not have a green light to make fun of Asians without repercussions. Let's face it—it happens all the time, and nobody gives a crap. I hold no illusions that this is going to drastically change things... but damn, it feels good.

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