Chicago Radio Host Dan McNeil Fired After ‘Degrading and Humiliating’ Tweet About ESPN’s Maria Taylor

Tim Baysinger-September 15, 2020, 5:43 PM EDT

Chicago-area radio host Dan McNeil was fired by the station’s owner, Entercom, on Tuesday after a “degrading a humiliating” tweet about ESPN reporter Maria Taylor.

On Monday, McNeil compared Taylor’s outfit — she was working as the sideline reporter for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game between the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers — to that of a porn star. In a since-deleted tweet, McNeil said, “NFL sideline reporter or a host for the AVN (Adult Video News) annual awards presentation?”

McNeil worked for AM station 670 The Score.

Entercom fired him Tuesday morning and apologized to Taylor. “For each one of us our words have power. For our brands and on-air personalities that is amplified and brings increased responsibility how we choose to use our voices. Last night’s tweet, and its degrading and humiliating tone to a fellow female broadcaster, was unacceptable,” Rachel Williamson, regional president for Entercom, wrote in a statement. “We have the best teams in Chicago, and we must continue to hold ourselves to high expectations to continue to be leaders in our organization, our industry and our community. We apologize to all who were offended by Dan’s words, especially Maria.”

Here’s the statement. pic.twitter.com/3vz5rjSEhu

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Taylor herself commented on McNeil’s remarks.

“Well Danny Dearest if you would like to continue making sexist comments about me…please bring your misogyny with you to the NBA Countdown doubleheader I’ll be hosting tomorrow night. Hey ladies remember you can wear whatever you feel confident in!”

Well Danny Dearest if you would like to continue making sexist comments about me…please bring your misogyny with you to the NBA Countdown double header I’ll be hosting tomorrow night. Hey ladies remember you can wear whatever you feel confident in! @670TheScore @DannyMac670 https://t.co/bN0H582isU

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