Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ESPN suspends Tony Kornheiser for remarks about "SportsCenter" anchor Hannah Storm's attire

Kornheiser says he called Storm to apologize: ESPN has suspended host Tony Kornheiser from his television talk show "Pardon the Interruption" for two weeks for comments he made on the radio last week about "SportsCenter" anchor Hannah Storm's clothing.

Kornheiser announced the suspension on his Washington D.C. radio show Tuesday morning, calling his remarks about Storm intemperate and stupid.

"As the result of this, I have been sent to the sidelines of PTI for a while," Kornheiser said.

In a written release, ESPN called Kornheiser's comments inappropriate.

"Hurtful and personal comments such as these are not acceptable and have significant consequences," said John Skipper, ESPN vice president for content.
Kornheiser, 61, described an outfit Storm, 47, was wearing at ESPN last week as "horrifying."
According to The Washington Post's Web site, Kornheiser's radio comments included:
"She's got on red go-go boots and a Catholic-school plaid skirt ... way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now ... She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body ... Come on now! Stop! What are you doing?"
Kornheiser said he had called Storm to apologize for the remarks. According to The Washington Post's Web site, last week he told radio listeners "no one should take anything I say about them personally, because I am a troll.
Storm declined to comment, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said.