CBS Radio, Comedian/Magician Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller Sued by Radio Talk Show Hosts Over Firin
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 6, 2006-- Controversy Over Catholic Bashing Led To Comments By Talk Show Hosts A popular trio of San Francisco radio personalities have filed suit against CBS Radio, its San Francisco affiliate 106.9 Free FM (KIFR), and comedian/magician Penn Jillette for wrongful termination. According to their attorney at the law firm of Nossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliott, the three talk radio hosts were fired after they defended Mother Teresa from vicious and derogatory comments made by Penn Jillette. The suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court by host John London and co-hosts Dennis Cruz and Chris Townsend seeks damages for the three San Francisco Bay Area radio personalities for breach of contract, wrongful termination, interference with a business contract and other actions. The lawsuit seeks compensation for London, Cruz and Townsend for breach of their employment contract and for the interference by Jillette in their contract with CBS. The suit stems from a radio broadcast on April 7 of this year when hosts London, Cruz and Townsend were doing their afternoon-drive radio show on 106.9 Free FM. "John London's Inferno" was the station's number one source of advertising revenue. Their show was preceded by Penn Jillette's nationally syndicated show, during which he did a searing riff against the saintly Catholic Mother Teresa, saying that she "had this weird kink that I think was sexual about seeing people suffer and die." Jillette went on to say that Paris Hilton was being considered for a role in an upcoming movie about the life of Mother Teresa. Jillette compared the Nobel Peace Prize recipient to Charles Manson, and again said she "got her kicks watching people suffer and die." He concluded by saying, "Paris Hilton: you're so much better than that. Don't take the gig. Keep making good wholesome porno films. Just do that. Do what you're cut out for. Don't lower yourself to playing Mother Teresa." During his show, the sardonic London, a long-time San Francisco radio personality, launched his own attack on Jillette for his comments regarding Mother Teresa.