Radio star Steffan Tubbs's discipline for calling Snooki "f-ing ugly:" Facebook Nation reacts

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Snooki's Twitter pic.
Yesterday morning, KOA morning-show host Steffan Tubbs made a classic broadcasting mistake -- dropping an F-bomb during a commercial break when he incorrectly thought his microphone was no longer live.

His comment? He opined that Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki, is "fucking ugly."

KOA announced that Tubbs would be disciplined for this slip -- but most folks commenting on the station's Facebook page didn't like the sound of that. Examples below.

Tubbs is hardly a shock jock. To the contrary, he's a steady professional broadcaster who's made support of America's veterans a personal cause. Back in December 2011, for example, he spoke to Westword about his frustration with producers of the TV show Hawaii Five-O for the filming of a scene at a cemetery on one of the islands in a way that disrupted a ceremony for Pearl Harbor veterans in which he participated.

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Steffan Tubbs.
Nonetheless, KOA took his "fucking" slip very seriously, releasing the following statement:
We are aware of a recent inappropriate comment that was made on-air by Steffan Tubbs. While Steffan made the comment in what he thought was a private conversation, it was still thoughtless and insensitive and we apologize to anyone whom it offended. We take matters of this nature very seriously and we will take appropriate disciplinary action.
The reactions to this edict on Facebook were swift and mostly negative. Here are some examples:
Everyone makes a mistake. Steffan Tubbs is a local hero to our Vets. Give the man the grace we all need.

You hear that word picked up by mics on NFL broadcasts. You hear it "accidentally" not bleeped out on music award shows. And you hear it a million times a day in casual conversation on the street. People get all freaked out and offended by the "f" word but watch hours upon hours of extremely realistic violence and gratuitous sex on TV and in movies every day. What a bunch of hypocrites. Suck it up and get over it. He shouldn't have to do anything more than apologize on air and we all move on.

Was it necessary to put THIS (above) message out? Bad taste KOA! Praise publicly. Correct privately.

I love 850KOA, but if "disciplinary action" happens to Steffan Tubbs I will switch stations. Get over it people.

Yawn.....get over it people! Steffan Tubbs does so many positive things in this community, all of you people sitting on your high horse should be ashamed of yourselves!!!!

Really? I have been an HR Regional Manager and an employment attorney for ten years. Balance the severity of the offense (pretty modest here) with his body of work for years, and the decision is not that hard. Corrective action? Sure. Public flogging and termination? No.

Oh yeah: There was also this:
It was possibly the GREATEST MOMENT IN RADIO HISTORY!!! I shot coffee through my nose all over my steering wheel! FREE STEFFAN TUBBS!!!!
Whatever discipline Tubbs will receive didn't extend to being suspended from the airwaves: He's hosting KOA's morning show right now, as usual.

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Snooki getting the bad news on "Dancing With the Stars."
As for Snooki, she's got more important things to worry about: This week, she was eliminated from Dancing With the Stars.

Here's a Good Morning America story about Snooki's elimination.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Television & Film archive circa December 2011: "Hawaii Five-0 producer's apology to Pearl Harbor vets insincere, says host."


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Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Clearly, YOU care enough to keep replying, silly cunt. By the way, since when did you decide to fancy yourself a grammar Nazi? That, alone, is the hallmark of DWEEBism on Lamebook. (Seriously, are you that much of a newbie to the Internet to not be aware of basic online shorthand lingo?) Also, you would find it difficult to follow others' statements given that you have difficulty following and comprehending your own nonsensical gibberish and then woefully attempting to make up for it with not-so-witty sarcastic remarks and tough-girl posturing. Seeing as you spend much of your time posting lame comic strips and incoherent, vindictive rants about random individual comments/threads on Lamebook or even former "friends," I would not expect more from a Lamebook DWEEB like you, little miss Amy. Forget about weird and pathetic. You are just plain dumb....like a chicken, with or without a head. You should be ground up and fed to the hyenas, but then that would much likely lead to an ecological disaster, considering your poisonous existence. You are a miserable failure.

Amy Nicole
Amy Nicole

Well, now...it's sounds like you're the one that's projecting :) "webz"? what is with your lack of vocabulary skills? you sound like a witless teenager. NO ONE CARES. You're a loon that makes no sense. Following your train of thought is tantamount to chasing a newly headless chicken AKA stupid. You're weird and pathetic. Find a nice overpass to throw yourself off of.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

More importantly, you're simply another Internet DWEEB who continually humiliates herself on the Webz each and every time she types up more drivel for the rest of the idiotic Lamebook masses to witness. Behold.

Amy Nicole
Amy Nicole

......um ok I'm white trash now? a hipster to boot? I thought I was a hoodrat? Hmmmm. I think the joke is on you here :D you're an ignorant scumbag with an axe to grind. Reporting you again and blocking you.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

The little white trash hipster continues to project. I suppose there is no vacancy left at the nut house in P-town, hence, why you continue to spout off even more drivel here on Lamebook. Doin' a heckuva job der, missy. Keep up the good work. My sides are splitting.

Amy Nicole
Amy Nicole

Gem? You're trying to sound all highbrow and bluenose but you just sound like a fucktard. Enjoy the psychopath convention. Don't boil too many bunnies in the meantime.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Given this latest "gem" from you, it's clear that you seem to have completely forgotten about why you even posted on this thread in the first place. LuLz.

Amy Nicole
Amy Nicole

what in the hell are you talking about? That was the most nonsensical rant I've read in eons. You're crazy and stupid. Have fun with that :D

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Please show me where I actually defend this particular "reality" TV celebrity. As a matter of fact, you'd be hard pressed to find such an instance. No, I'm just having a cheap laugh at all of the butthurt surrounding the firing of some third-rate AM-radio host for actually VIOLATING a code of conduct whilst on the air, with these dumb motherfuckers crying foul over his purported "freedom of speech." It is painfully clear that you not bothered yourself with actually learning the circumstances of this host's firing, instead, going along with the rest of the Internet Outrage Contingent just for the sake of "belonging." Stupid cunt.

Amy Nicole
Amy Nicole

Miss Thang? Ok. What's next? The bend and snap? Two snaps up in a circle? This is great! Ummm if you're so preoccupied with the real world why would you defend Snooki to begin with? Why attack some person you supposedly don't know on a facebook thread about said D-lister? You're so full of it. I love it when people drink their own kool aid. Delusional much? *POPCORN*

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Ahem. YOU are the one insistent upon sending (not so) eloquently typed "love letters" to my inbox, not vice versa, Miss Thang. However, feel free to continually validate what I have already previously posted courtesy of your endless projection. Meanwhile, I will preoccupy myself with the REAL world instead of obsessing over the personal foibles of "reality" junk TV celebrities and others' comments posted on teh Interwebz. This whole exchange is nothing more than cheap side amusement.

Amy Nicole
Amy Nicole

Riiiiight....You really give yourself too much credit. You're a loser that is cyberstalking someone on facebook and has been for days now. Do you have a clue as to how creepy you're allowing yourself to be? Probably not. I bet this is the highlight of your day. You haven't even made a DENT over here. You're a faceless coward hiding behind some hokey fake profile. NO ONE CARES. You're probably a serial killer for all I know.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Ahem. It is only "personal" because YOU make it so. Frankly, you seem to enjoy the abuse levied upon you given your penchant for sending out "love letters" to anyone who riles you up on the Interwebz. It's quite amusing, to say the least.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Well, I suppose you're right about not being in the same "social class" given that is painfully clear you lack class to begin with. That certainly speaks volumes about those who took a whiff from you throughout your entire life. Face it. You are just another run-of-the-mill Lamebook LOSER hell bent on projecting your own insecurities and personality flaws upon others.

Amy Nicole
Amy Nicole

right...I live in Littleton you delusional douchebag. You're not even in my social class. I don't know why I'm even lowering myself to speak to you. "tis"? Ok Charles Dickens! You're a creep. Take a swan dive into hell.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

In regards to your little recent "love letter," if I truly had an addiction to "skeezuhz," I actually would be trying to get a whiff of your soiled undergarments. Unfortunately for you, 'tis not the case. You sound like one of those disease-ridden hoodrats from the projects I would encounter on my evening commute from downtown NOLA.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Clear Channel is not a government agency, you dumb broad.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Oh, as if that insult hasn't been lobbed out a quintillion times on social media, comments sections of blogs, and various Internet forums where other DWEEBS -- such as yourself -- congregate to indulge in the seemingly never-ending poo-slinging contest.

Amy Nicole
Amy Nicole

right. this coming from a faceless coward. apparently you're so ashamed of your own mug that you don't even have a profile picture. LOL

Brie Lysek
Brie Lysek

I'm guessing if he hadn't said f-ing it wouldn't be such a big deal. People are entitled to their opinions...

Jo Nadani
Jo Nadani

No, she should be disciplined for being FUGLY...

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

You aren't exactly the pinnacle of beauty yourself, ma'am.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Besides, you dumbass, freedom of speech protects against GOVERNMENT infringement. When you sign that contract with another PRIVATE entity, you are BOUND to THEIR rules. Silly liberTARDian-esque DWEEBS.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

So you believe Freedom of Speech is only a one-way street, eh, Comrade Carlson? Freedom of speech is NOT freedom from criticism, asshole.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Ironically, it all began with "tough guy" Raygun's "bold new morning." Here, you can merely ACT like the rugged individualist without actually putting in the needed effort to actually live as one -- so as long as your white & privileged. Otherwise, you're left to pull up your nonexistent boot straps to toil for near-slave wages in WallyWorld or some other shit service job.

HP Stacks
HP Stacks

Mykol are you litterly retarded? You just said "she" you do know we're talking about a guy right?

HP Stacks
HP Stacks

She's a hideous slut that has no talent that my virgin friends wouldn't touch. Of course she's Fucking ugly! Just watch south park.

Mike Martin
Mike Martin

KOA is one of my favorite stations and Steffan Tubbs is a classy guy. Thank God he still has a job

Steven Fowler
Steven Fowler

Nope. Her (Snook) entire celebrity is a sign of how truly ignorant society has become.

Mykol Jonez
Mykol Jonez

No. She should be able to say whut she wants.

Steve Stalzle
Steve Stalzle

KOA AND CLEAR CHANNEL ARE UGLY FASCISTS, WHO GIVES A SHIT? I have boycotted their many stations for years anyway.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Why can't a radio personality offer an opinion on someone's appearance? Punishing them is ridiculous.

Chris Kresge
Chris Kresge

< over 30 yrs in broadcasting ... an F-bomb is a big deal.. in years past you would have been fired immediately.

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

1st radio lesson: never EVER forget there may be an open mic.

Diamond Dave
Diamond Dave

The pussification of America in all it's glory

Shannon Cardenas
Shannon Cardenas

But Jamie can rant about having sex in her friends bathroom during dinner on the air 105.9

Greg Squigy Markel
Greg Squigy Markel

Snooki can go to hell along with all the other no-talent-making-money-for-no-reason-cunts!!!

Dave Allen
Dave Allen

I wonder what other things radio people say when they think the mic is off. Well, at least he didn't call her a slut.

Jerry Powell
Jerry Powell

well its true looks like one them people on willy wonka

James Tidwell
James Tidwell

Snooki is f in ugly. And her personality sucks.

Justan Michael Carlson
Justan Michael Carlson

i remember when people could have their own opinions and not face consequences for it. fuck todays america.

Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker

Never should punish someone for speaking the truth...she really is FUCKING UGLY!

Mike Broemmel
Mike Broemmel

Punishment inappropriate ... He made an objectively factual observation ... She absolutely is how he described .

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