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.
Whoaaah. I was under the impression he took his clothes off and faked it. Totally my bad. #sincereapologies.
— Dean Blundell (@ItsDeanBlundell) June 14, 2013
Truly sorry for untimely remarks about Kristians Pelss. Should have waited to know. Thoughts w family and friends. #lessonlearned.
— Dean Blundell (@ItsDeanBlundell) June 15, 2013
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.