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Wednesday afternoon Sportsnet announced a morning show makeover at its radio station, 590 The FAN, with Greg Brady and Elliott Price taking over the 5:30 to 9 a.m. time slot, Feb. 27 alongside broadcast veteran Hugh Burrill. The Dean Blundell & Co. Show, which had occupied the early morning spot, was cancelled immediately.
“Dean Blundell is an incredibly talented broadcaster,” said The FAN program director Dave Cadeau in a news release. “The decision to part was based purely on a desire to return to a more complete sports format.”
Blundell had hosted The Dean Blundell Show on 102.1 the Edge, where repeated attempts at homophobic humour earned him a suspension in late 2013. In January 2014 his show was cancelled and a year later he resurfaced at Sportsnet, taking over the morning show and pledging to cut back on mean-spirited jokes.
“I regret people misinterpreted a lot of the stuff that was said,” he told the Star in 2015. “But more importantly I regret using negativity, or certain groups to be portrayed in a negative way, even in humour.”