Boston, Massachusetts, radio host Matty Siegel was up in arms this week after his bosses informed him he could not make the gender-related jokes he had intended to share with his audience.
Just one day after he stormed out of the studio on Wednesday amid criticism of the perceived censorship, however, Siegel returned to host Matty in the Morning on KISS 108, the Washington Examiner reported.
“I don’t care what Demi Lovato does”
The host first signaled that he was told he could not make fun of singer Demi Lovato’s recent revelation that she had discovered her own “non-binary” gender identity.
After telling listeners that he would not allow himself to be censored, he abruptly left his show this week, only to return on Thursday to resume his duties.
Describing himself as an equal-opportunity offender, Siegel indicated that he was frustrated with the perceived overreaction to his jokes about Lovato.
“By the way, it’s a joke, the whole binary thing,” he said. “I don’t care what Demi Lovato does. But now we have to worry about you might offend someone. … So I basically offended right-wing people, and today I offended left-wing people.”
Telling his fans that his show has had “a hell of a run,” he predicted on Wednesday that “it’s coming to an end.”
“I thought it was ridiculous”
Siegel’s broadcast came to a swift conclusion after he declared: “I am the biggest of all time, and they said, ‘Shut up, Matt. Stop talking.’ Well, I hope you’re happy because I just stopped talking. Matty out.”
After he failed to return for the final 45 minutes of his show, speculation began to swirl that he had tendered his resignation. Upon returning to the studio the next day, he explained the outburst.
“I was upset with [Lovato] and her statement about the pronouns, and I thought it was ridiculous, and I talked about it, and I told jokes,” Siegel said. “That’s what we do.”
Upon further reflection, however, he opted against ending his show altogether, adding: “My wife says, ‘You’re not ending your career over bleeping Demi Lovato. So I’m here.”
His remarks about the pop star continued in a statement describing Lovato as a “troubled woman” but insisting that his on-air references to her gender were made “in the context of jokes.”