Local anchor criticized for comments on Bruce Jenner

News personality apologizes for calling celebrity's rumored gender transition 'disgusting'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A local TV news reporter and anchor has stirred controversy, and has apologized, after making disparaging comments in response to former Olympian and celebrity Bruce Jenner’s rumored gender transition.

Audrina Bigos, who works for TV news station WCCB, is a contestant in radio station Kiss 95.1 FM’s “The Radio Apprentice,” a contest that hopes to find the station’s next radio personality.

During her Jan. 27 appearance on the station’s morning show, Bigos allegedly referred disparagingly to rumors of Jenner’s transition. Jenner himself hasn’t confirmed these rumors, though he is due to star in a new TV show sharing his “personal journey” and step-daughter Kim Kardashian has spoken out in support.

“He’s our dad so we support him no matter what, and I think when the time is right, he’ll talk about whatever he wants to talk about,” Kardashian recently told ET Online. “I just think it’s his story to talk about, not really mine.”

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Bigos was apparently discussing those rumors and the January 2015 issue of In Touch Magazine, which featured a feminized photoshopped image of Jenner and the headline, “My Life as a Woman.” Activists have decried the magazine’s cover as insensitive and offensive.

One listener shared on Facebook that Bigos said she was “forced to see it on a magazine cover at a grocery store and it was completely disgusting.”

Minutes later, the listener said, Bigos repeated her “disgust” in reaction.

“While we are all entitled to our own opinions, what I find completely disgusting is how a nationally syndicated radio show can allow such hateful speech to be spread without a thought of who it might hurt,” listener Amanda Whittington shared publicly on Facebook. “When Audrina made the comments, nothing was said to her or about what she had just stated. This not only reflects poorly on Audrina, but also on Kiss 95.1’s corporate image.”

qnotes reached out to Bigos for her response to the concerns. She sent a short written statement apologizing for the remarks.

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“I understand that what I said offended some people and I want to genuinely apologize for that,” Bigos said in an email.

Whittington’s post prompted replies from a variety of listeners, some who took to 95.1’s Facebook page to address their concerns.

“Thank you for your comment. As you stated everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and hers does not reflect Maney’s or Kiss 95.1,” the station responded to one comment.

Kiss 95.1 alluded to its record of support for local LGBT groups and causes in response to another commenter: “Kiss 95.1 is a very LGBT friendly station, please don’t let a ‘one day fill-in’ host’s comments speak for all of us. Thanks for expressing your displeasure.”

Another listener said the station’s statements weren’t good enough.

“It’s not this ‘one day fill-in’ host that is speaking for you, Kiss 95.1,” Mattye Dane wrote. “It’s your lack of action in condemning her hateful, bigoted speech. Your bland, blasé responses are just as good as saying you side with her. We demand a public apology.”

qnotes attempted to reach 95.1’s market manager and program director. Requests for comment have not yet been returned.

 

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

14 Replies to “Local anchor criticized for comments on Bruce Jenner”

  1. Get a life, don’t be so thin skinned.

  2. Where is the link where I can show my support foe Audrina?

  3. This is bullchit…no one was offended except this one complainer. She has nothing to apologize about!

  4. This is a prime example of attacks on public speech and the right of EVERY persons opinions to be shared. This is not an example of hate speech it is an example of someone sharing their opinion on a moral issue. If our country keeps going in its current politically correct direction it will not be long before censorship will find its way into our churches and synagogues. The writer of this article also has the right of his opinion and I hope the management of WCCB recognizes Audrina’s right to her opinion without punishing her for it.

  5. Ms Bigos is free to say whatever she wants. Viewers of WCCB and listeners of KISS are free to stop viewing/listening or patronizing their sponsors. This is America; dissatisfaction is best expressed by hitting them in the wallet.

  6. Having not been a party to either her comments or the complete content & intentions in how she expressed herself. I musty wonder if she was supposedly “disgusted” at the situation of Jenner, the story or simply the cover of the “Trash Mag” that was seen in the grocery store ? IF her reaction was to the cover, then, what is there to apologize for ? I think that should be clarified to everyone, before she is publically & professionally crucified. I happened to have seen the same cover & was personally appalled by the pic & the headline that accompanied it. NOT about Jenner’s own journey.

  7. She was fired for making an accurate and correct comment. Network, get a life.

  8. she should be fired. journalists are supposed to REPORT NOT COMMENT on the news they share with the public.

    1. Hey Einstein, she’s not a journalist. She’s a freaking radio show host. It’s called freedom of speech and it has to do with an amendment in our constitution. Do you think Howard Stern and Johmboy-and-Billy are journalists too? She is a radio host. She has an opinion. It is her job to stir up controversy/ratings. GET A LIFE!

  9. Good for her, and all the LGEWQUSOPD need to get a life and get over it.

    Not everyone is obsessed with your deviant lifestyle as you are.

    -Ken
    LaserGuidedLoogie.com

  10. Move on. The station said thanks for expressing your opinion, they are not anti-lgbt, that’s the end of it. They’ve moved on, you can too or you can mire yourself in the muck. Muckrakers are so miserable they want to make others stationary in their misery as well. Please move on, or get help.

  11. We have become the “United States of the Offended” – everyone get a life and do not worry what someone else says!!

  12. It is called “Free Speech” and if you do not agree so be it – but it is disgusting!!

  13. I get disgusted everytime I see qnotes being promoted on the Charlotte Observer’s website.

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