Dean Blundell gets his show cancelled

Jonathan Willis
January 06 2014 12:07PM

Dean Blundell, the Toronto-based shock jock who has made a living by being a terrible human being on-air, had his show cancelled on Monday. Edmonton Oilers fans will remember Blundell as the guy who found the death of prospect Kristians Pelss so funny last summer.


With Pelss missing and feared dead, most people with a soul would have been concerned for his family and friends and dismayed at the prospect of a 20-year-old dying for no good reason.

Blundell sensed a comedic opportunity.

How much must it suck playing hockey when you… ‘I’m not going back.’ You’d rather jump off a bridge in like a war-torn country into a freezing cold river than go back to Edmonton… I’ve been to Edmonton, I know what that guy’s talking about.

Blundell ultimately apologized for his joke in a ‘whoa, I thought he was kidding so is this really my fault’ manner after initially defending his remarks and ridiculing the reaction of those who felt he had gone too far.

Robin Brownlee wrote a nice piece here at the time. Blundell’s comments were inexcusable and should have had him fired then.


The Toronto Star has the details. In a nutshell, Blundell and company found great merriment in the sexual assault of three men. Because after all, who doesn’t enjoy gay-bashing and it’s a great chance to make a prison shower joke.

So he finds himself out of work. It’s been a long time coming.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including the Edmonton Journal, Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
#51 Randaman
January 06 2014, 08:27PM
Trash it!
The Soup Fascist wrote:

Hockey Karma's "to-do-list":

1. Size 12 skate to face of Kassian - check.

2. Comeuppance for unfunny and ignorant Toronto "shock jock" - checkerooni.

3. Bob MacKenzie hired as new head of Sportsnet Hockey programming and first order of business to schedule "meetings" with the ever-swarmy Damian Cox, Nick Kypreos and "Bobcat" McGowan to discuss "other employment opportunities for them to explore". - in progress (one can only hope)

I get your point on Damian Cox & Bob McGowan but I kind of like Kypreos. He doesn't seem to bow to his network and calls a spade a spade. Doug McLean should be shown the door as well, just like he was in Florida and Columbus

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