UPDATE: Tom Joyner’s response to the allegation is posted below.
In “The Race Explainers Are Being Purged: MSNBC Ends Rev. Al Sharpton’s Daily Show”, BreakingBrown’s Yvette Carnell tried to lay out a case for why many black media pundits and personalities would be losing their jobs as Obama’s tenure winds down.
Rev. Al Sharpton was at first rumored to be getting the axe at MSNBC, and it was later reported that he was moving to weekends. Pundit Goldie Taylor’s contract with the network wasn’t renewed. And the latest victim of the Obama purge, according to an unconfirmed report, is none other than Tom Joyner, whose departure is made all the worse because allegedly, his best friend is responsible for twisting the knife into his back.
Tom Joyner’s best friend, David Kantor, allegedly convinced Joyner to sell some of his Reach Media stock to Radio One, and now the host is being forced out by the parent company, The Daily Mail reports.
“They think going with a younger, fresher show is the way to go and the entire plan has been orchestrated by the man who actually launched Tom into syndication originally,” a source told the paper.
The end of The Tom Joyner Morning Show, which began in 1994, is set to coincide with the end of President Obama’s second term.
More from Daily Mail’s source:
‘While both Tom and David made millions each time a new deal was done with Radio One; Tom had less control of the company he once owned, while David gained more power.
‘Each year they would make Tom lay off long-term employees and comediennes like Miss Dupree and Myra J.
‘It killed Tom to just get rid of the people who had been loyal to him from the beginning, but he had no say in the matter,’ the source tells Daily Mail Online.
The report claims that it was decided in 2014 to get rid of Joyner in 2016, to coincide with Obama’s departure from the White House. Also according to the report, Joyner will be replaced by radio host Russ Parr.
BreakingBrown called Reach Media for comment but our calls have not been returned.
UPDATE: Tom Joyner has denied the allegation that he’s being forced out. He issued the following statement (emphasis added):
Any stories that suggest major changes to the Tom Joyner Morning Show are inaccurate. Tom Joyner is under contract with Reach Media until the end of 2017. We expect that Reach will continue to syndicate Tom’s show beyond that date and for as long as he would like to be on the air. There has always been refinements and updates to the show as well as market changes due to local conditions and there may be some in the future; but Tom Joyner and the Tom Joyner Morning show continues to be strong and is a daily Party with a Purpose®. Reach is committed to Tom Joyner for the long term who remains committed to radio, his audience and the future