Halle Berry Calls Out Radio Host Who Compared Her Skin Tone To His Preferred Toaster Settings
Halle Berry is standing up to a now-fired radio host, Rob Lederman, who compared her skin tone to his desired toaster settings. Audio recordings have recently surfaced online of radio personality Rob Lederman, who is a white man, using Halle Berry, Serena Williams, and Gayle King’s skin tones to describe his toast preference. During The Morning Bull Show broadcasting, Lederman said on air,
“We have (our toaster settings)… at the attractiveness of women that I find to be attractive, so I will never go to a Serena Williams level. But I am very comfortable at a Halle Berry level. I need a little bit of mulatto still coming through… Gayle King is not even on my toaster level.”
Didn’t hear this live but internet keeps receipts. @97RockBuffalo morning hosts compared how they like their toast to black women’s skin tone. So just in case y’all missed it too, take a listen pic.twitter.com/6nVolu5a23
— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) March 24, 2021
Following his dense statement, Halle Berry wasted no time in calling out the radio DJ. The Oscar-Award-winning actress took to her Twitter and said that Lederman’s comment being broadcasted on the air was ‘ridiculous.’ She tweeted,
“Disgusting. It’s ridiculous this type of nonsense is still being broadcasted across airwaves. ALL Black women are beautiful and worthy, Rob Lederman. GTFOH.”
Broadcasting company Cumulus Media released a statement about the incident and said that Rob Lederman’s commentary went against the company’s guidelines.
“Cumulus Media operates from a clearly-defined set of programming principles and there is no question that Rob Lederman’s comments made on The Morning Bull Show are in direct violation of those principles. We apologize, and deeply regret the incident.”
Rob Lederman was quickly fired from his job at the Buffalo, New York-based 97 Rock radio station. He was also fired from his role as the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bandits’ arena host. His radio show co-hosts, Chris Klein and Rich “Bull” Gaenzler were suspended indefinitely.
Since his firing Lederman has issued an apology online.
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