Radio personality Kevin Ryder, best known for his time on the “Kevin and Bean Show,” tweeted Wednesday morning that he and the rest of his current morning show team have been fired from Los Angeles radio station KROQ.
Ryder, who is the centerpiece of the rebranded “Kevin in the Morning With Allie & Jensen” offered some possible reasons for the firing.
“Why did KROQ fire all of us on the morning show?” his tweet read. “I assume it’s the ratings, which were down. The economy because it’s down. But it’s a pretty crappy way to treat people.”
In a later tweet, Ryder said that three people were sent to the building to escort him out.
Co-host Jensen Karp also confirmed the firings on his Twitter account and thanked the audience for listening.
“The good news? I don’t have to hear Chili Peppers anymore,” he tweeted.
Allie Mac Kay described the firing as the company deciding to “permanently social distance” itself from the morning show. Mac Kay was a features reporter at KTLA who left the station in 2014.
A spokesperson for KROQ issued the following statement regarding the changes:
"As one of the most iconic stations in Los Angeles, our commitment is to provide our consumers with the most compelling content and best listening experience that we know they expect from us. We’ve taken a deep look at our station, and have made some recent changes," the statement read. "Today, we announced the launch of a new morning show that we believe will deliver what our fans are asking for and take our station into the future. While change is always hard, we are excited about our new programming lineup and look forward to engaging with our fans across the city. Thank you Kevin and Bean for 30 entertaining years!"
KROQ is owned by Entercom Communications Corporation.