2 NJ radio hosts pulled after comment about Sikh attorney general

They couldn't remember his name, so they came up with a nickname.

The CBS Evening News
July 26, 2018 - 8:18 am
Gurbir Grewal, N.J. attorney general

New Jersey Attorney General's Office


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A pair of radio hosts have been pulled off the air indefinitely after making comments about New Jersey's attorney general that Gov. Phil Murphy described as "abhorrent and xenophobic." 

New Jersey 101.5 mid-day hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco were discussing Gurbir Grewal's decision to suspend marijuana prosecutions until September. Unable to remember Grewal's name, the hosts came up with their own nickname.

Malloy: "I'm never going to know his name. I'm just going to say the guy with the turban."

Franco: "Okay."

Malloy: "The new attorney general."

Franco: Turban man."

Malloy: "Yeah Turban man."

The comments caught national attention, and drew criticism from Murphy and other state officials. New Jersey 101.5 says the pair have been pulled off air until further notice, and that an investigation is underway that will determine the duo's future.

The hosts have since issued an apology to Grewal. 

“We offer our sincerest apologies to Attorney General Gurbir Grewal as well as the Sikh and Asian communities for a series of insensitive comments we made on our show. For 21 years, the Dennis and Judi show has been unscripted and free form. We use humor and sarcasm to make a point and add color to the broadcast; in this instance, we were off the mark. It was a mistake we both deeply regret. We respect all cultures and beliefs and are deeply sorry for the pain caused to the Sikh community, our co-workers and our beloved listeners.”