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SiriusXM fires ‘Opie & Anthony’ host over tweets

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Radio shock jocks Greg “Opie” Hughes and Anthony Cumia are shown in this April 26, 2006, file photo in New York.

NEW YORK — Anthony Cumia of the "Opie & Anthony" radio show has been fired by SiriusXM, who cited his "racially charged" and "hate-filled" remarks on Twitter as the reason.

SiriusXM spokesman Patrick Reilly said Friday that Cumia's remarks and postings were "abhorrent" to the satellite radio company.

In addition to racial remarks, they also included tweets and retweets that were degrading to women.

Reilly says the shock jock was fired late Thursday.

Cumia's response Friday on Twitter included an obscenity in relation to SiriusXM. He says he was fired over material that was not aired and was not illegal.

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