Just a few weeks removed from his shocking news, and he’s already back.
Spanish-language radio host Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo is getting a new gig on Sirius XM, three weeks after Univision canceled his long-running and popular show amid sexual harassment allegations.
The Los Angeles Times reports Sotelo will launch an entertainment channel on the satellite radio service this fall called "Piolin Radio." He'll anchor the channel with a four-hour morning program broadcast from Los Angeles.
The popular Mexican radio host, who had so much influence among Latinos that he hosted President Barack Obama on his show three times, is taking a page straight out of Howard Stern’s book after the popular shock jock left commercial radio for satellite in 2005.
Piolin, whose nickname means "Tweety Bird," says in a statement that he "can't wait to fly free" and to be available coast to coast.
With Sotelo off the air in commercial radio, the opening for “top dog” in the Spanish-language radio market in Los Angeles is getting more competitive.
The Times reports that other radio hosts are taking advantage of Sotelo’s departure and are angling to dominate L.A.’s lucrative Spanish-language radio market. Ricardo "El Mandril" Sanchez, who was already beating Piolin’s ratings, seems to have eased in to Sotelo’s top spot – though the competition is fierce. LBI Media recently announced it launched El Show De Don Cheto into national syndication.
After a decade on the air, Univision abruptly canceled Sotelo's widely popular radio show last month after an employee alleged that Sotelo had sexually harassed him. Sotelo has denied the allegation.
"A disgruntled, troubled employee has made malicious and false claims about Eddie Sotelo," Jeffrey Spitz, Sotelo’s attorney, said in a statement when the allegations surfaced. "This was done as part of a demand for money.... The employee worked with Eddie for more than a decade. The employee's allegations of harassment and falsification of immigration letters are pure fiction intended to gain a financial settlement."
Just last week, Sotelo broke his silence on Facebook and disputed the claims himself and thanked his fan base.
“Contrary to …malicious statements, I have received an outpouring of unconditional support from my listeners and fans,” Sotello wrote. “I am very thankful for their thoughts, their prayers and their encouragement. I plan to be back on radio very soon and will continue to work hard to keep your loyalty and trust. Stay tuned!''
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.