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Monday, December 22, 2014

Host Catching Heat For Cancer Comments


Here's another on-air situation that keeps a manager up at night wondring how bad the bad publicity will get. Philadelphia talker Chris Stigall is getting some national publicity but for all the wrong reasons. The WPHT morning show host is being called out (see the New York Post HERE) for saying something about a Philadelphia Phillies fan who has cancer. Julie Kramer was bombarded with love and affection from Phillies second baseman Chase Utley on The Ellen Show; the 23-year-old Kramer is battling a rare tissue cancer. Utley invited Kramer to as many Phillies games as she wanted to attend. That's when Stigall stepped in it.
According to The New York Post, Stigall said, "You know Chase Utley's not going to be around to take the cancer patient to the games. It's a nice invite, but he won't even be there. Plus, it's probably terminal what that woman has. You think she's going to live through an entire season?"

According to, Stigall offered an "awkward" apology a day after his original comments. "I know my heart and intent was something very different than my words, but that doesn't matter. It is my prayer that Mrs. Kramer was successful in her battle," Stigall said. "And my thoughtless attempt at a joke about our show conveyed a sentiment that came off as much different. And for that, I am sincerely sorry."

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