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Dreadful Nonsense

"I've read your blog. it's really funny. you should write a column." - Jon Ronson

I’m terribly angry today. Well, I suppose I’m terribly angry most days, what with one thing and another, but today I’m particularly furious, and about one thing in particular.

Jon Holmes, the DJ/comedian/bloke who talks on the radio, who so kindly allowed us to visit his radio show on Virgin in the name of Comedy Lounge last December, has been suspended. Nothing, I hastily add, to do with us.

Various rumours have been flying around all corners of the internet, particularly around the radio gossip website, which is notorious for breaking news before the DJs themselves have been told. Their guess is that he’s been suspended, pending investigations, for complaints which could cost the station record fines of up to £100,000.

But thinking about it for just one moment - when the goons Virgin Radio hired Jon, they already knew his track record for, let’s call it “close to the bone” material. So, when they encouraged him and paraded him around as their new “shock jock”, it seems that they weren’t willing to stick by him once the proverbial hit the fan.

It’s a huge shame, really, but possibly something that we should all have seen coming. The list of possible complaints, which I’m not going to reproduce here, are all items that I heard first hand on the show, and at the time I was surprised they were letting him get away with it. Apparently, they were - but only as long as nobody else was looking. Once the big guns came out, they whimpered away and appear to be letting Jon himself take all the blame.

Which has left me royally pissed off, as you can imagine.


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