Sabres' in-arena announcer fired after co-host compares toast to Black women's skin tones

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Morning DJ Rich Gaenzler was terminated from his duties as the Buffalo Sabres in-arena host, Pegula Sports and Entertainment said in a statement. (Getty)
Morning DJ Rich Gaenzler was terminated from his duties as the Buffalo Sabres in-arena host, Pegula Sports and Entertainment said in a statement. (Getty)

Another day, another sketchy, off-ice, Sabres-related news dump to reluctantly share.

Pegula Sports and Entertainment swiftly put out a release stating that 97 Rock Buffalo morning host Rich "Bull" Gaenzler has been fired as the in-arena host for the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and NLL's Buffalo Bandits after a racist exchange took place on his radio show.

A "Morning Bull" DJ compared how he enjoys his toast to famous Black women's skin tones during Wednesday's podcast. Gaenzler can be heard agreeing and saying "K," according to WKBW reporter Gilat Melamed, while his co-host rants away.

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The full podcast episode no longer appears on 97 Rock's website, but ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter Marcel Louis-Jacques saved and shared the 45-second clip on Twitter.

"I may get into trouble for this, I have them to the attractiveness of women that I find to be attractive. So I will never go to a Serena Williams level, but I'm very comfortable at a Halle Berry level," said one of the hosts, before another chimes in, asking where Gayle King would rank on his "scale."

"No, Gayle King is not even on my toaster level."

The hosts and radio station started being hit in the wallet almost immediately following the on-air tirade, with Roswell Park and the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation pulling their marketing affiliations with the station, including advertising and sponsorship, according to Melamed.

Co-host Rob Lederman was let go from Morning Bull, 97 Rock's parent company announced.

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Pegula S&E's statement read, in part: "We are deeply disturbed by the comments made this morning by a co-host on Rich Gaenzler's radio show. They were unacceptable, inappropriate, and there is no place for them in our community.

"The Sabres and Bandits, therefore have made the decision to terminate him from his duties as our on-air host."

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