Two longtime hosts at a New York City public radio station WNYC have been fired after a two-week long investigation into accusations of inappropriate behavior in the workplace.
New York Public Radio announced Thursday it fired Leonard Lopate, 77, and Jonathan Schwartz, 79.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Houlihan Roussel said separate investigations overseen by outside lawyers found that each man ‘had violated our standards for providing an inclusive, appropriate and respectful work environment.’
New York radio hosts at WNYC, Leonard Lopate, 77 (left), and Jonathan Schwartz, 79 (right), have been fired after a two-week long investigation into accusations of inappropriate behavior in the workplace
Roussel said New York Public Radio is ‘deeply saddened to have to take these steps,’ and that the two hosts were placed on leave December 6.
Apparently both men have a long history of being accused of improper and inappropriate behavior.
Lopate, who had worked at the station for more than 30 years, told The New York Times earlier that he was ‘baffled’ and ‘really quite shocked and upset’ by his suspension, which he claims came without any warning.
He said they ‘didn’t even give me a clue,’ about the nature of the allegations when they suspended him.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Houlihan Roussel (pictured) said New York Public Radio is ‘deeply saddened to have to take these steps’
Lopate vehemently denies doing anything wrong. ‘I have never done anything inappropriate on any level – that’s not the way I conduct my job,’ he said.
‘This may just be the current environment, but this is kind of overkill.’
The long-time host continued to fume. ‘It makes no sense to me. I am sure any honest investigation will completely clear me. That’s the only thing I’m concerned about – the damage to my reputation,’ he said.
Schwartz, who hosted the station’s The Jonathan Channel, told WNYC news this week that his suspension was ‘hurtful’ and ‘outrageous.’
In a statement sent by Schwartz’ lawyer, Mark Konkel, he said, ‘I profoundly disagree and am extremely disappointed with WNYC’s decision today.’
No contact information for either man could be found Thursday.
Schwartz (left), Laura Walker (center) and Julie Sandorf (right) attended the New York Public Radio Gala on Park Avenue in November 2016