'Gopher' Plotting New Radio Show to Tackle Radical Islam
Listeners in the nation’s capital might be hearing again from Fred Grandy, the former “Love Boat” star and ex-congressman who left his radio show last week after a fallout with management allegedly over some on-air Islam remarks.
But it might take awhile.
Catherine Mann-Grandy, Fred’s wife, told FoxNews.com that his contract does not expire until May 2012 and that he can’t do any radio shows in the Washington, D.C., region for another year. She also said WMAL, the radio station where Grandy was a host since 2003, is making it “very difficult” for her husband to sever his relationship with the company.
However, she said the two of them would like to eventually have a show of their own, to concentrate on the issue that effectively ended their run at WMAL – radical Islam and its influence in the United States.
“We would love to do a show devoted only to the problem of Shariah law versus the Constitution of the United States,” she said, adding that they might call it: “The Good Fight.”
Fred Grandy is best known for his role as Gopher in “The Love Boat.” Catherine, though she was not an employee at WMAL, made regular appearances on her husband’s show under the nickname “Mrs. Fred.”
Though both of them started devoting more segments to the subject of Muslim influence in America over the past year, Catherine’s on-air commentary was apparently what triggered the fallout between the Grandys and WMAL last week.
Fred Grandy was confronted by management after his wife, during a show two weeks ago, made a litany of Islam-related charges on air. She had warned that “Shariah-compliant” individuals work in the government, said President Obama was not doing enough to help Israel and quoted a rabbi who compared radical Muslims to Nazis.
According to Mann-Grandy, her husband was told to tone down the Islam remarks in the future and to keep Catherine off the air. In response, he resigned.
WMAL President Jeff Boden said in a statement last weekend that the station “never had any intention” to get rid of Grandy and stressed that it was his decision. Boden challenged the assertion that the station tried to limit what Grandy could talk about.
“To be clear, at no time has WMAL told Fred that he was not allowed to discuss his views on Islam over the air. In fact, he has done so on numerous occasions,” he said, wishing the ex-host “success in his future endeavors.”
Asked whether any station has approached the couple for a new show, Catherine Mann-Grandy said “kind of” – without going into detail.
“It sure won’t be for more than a year,” she said.