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Conservative TV and radio host Dan Bongino's standoff with Cumulus Media over the broadcast giant's vaccine mandate continued Wednesday with The Dan Bongino Show's third straight absence from the airwaves.
Bongino said Tuesday and Wednesday on his podcast, which is separate from his live radio show, that the negotiations were turning "ugly" after he issued Cumulus Media an ultimatum earlier this month that it could either have his show or its vaccine mandate. Reruns of his show have been aired in his slot instead of a live show this entire week.
"Behind the scenes, it's getting a little ugly here," he said Tuesday. "I wasn't on the radio today or yesterday. But you don’t treat people this way."
He reiterated Wednesday that "it's unfortunately an ugly fight. I wish it weren't. But some of the people who have been fired from Cumulus, their stories are piling in, and they're pretty disturbing," referring to an email he read the previous day from an employee allegedly fired from the company for not complying with the mandate. The employee claimed Cumulus rejected his religious exemption within a day.
"This fight's been wearing me down but not wearing me out," Bongino said, adding he'd learned not to choose business partners who "treat people poorly and just have poor character."
The former Secret Service agent turned commentator is opposed to vaccination mandates on the grounds of bodily autonomy, although he himself is vaccinated.
Cumulus Media did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.
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Original Author: Virginia Aabram