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British DJ reacts to cancellation with on-air rant
LONDON (AP) — It was a spectacular exit.
A well-known British DJ reacted to news that his show had been canceled with an extended on-air rant against what he called the "pinheaded weasels" running the BBC.
Danny Baker joins a roster of disgruntled employees who have decided — like Peter Finch's unhinged news anchor in the film "Network" — that they're mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore.
Baker blamed the decision to ax his afternoon show on BBC London local radio on cost-cutting middle management "who know only timid, the generic and the abacus."
"I hope their abacus comes undone and they choke on the beads," he said.
Listeners took to Twitter to support Baker, who has been a respected broadcaster for 30 years. Comedian Stephen Fry called him "the best" and slammed the BBC's decision.
The BBC confirmed that Baker was due to leave the show at the end of the year, but could not say whether he would complete his contract. The broadcaster said "Danny's decided to take a day off" on Friday.
Here are some other memorable exits:
When a JetBlue flight landed at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport one day in 2010, flight attendant Steven Slater decided he'd had enough.
Slater swore at a passenger over the plane's public address system, grabbed a beer, pulled the emergency chute and slid down onto the tarmac.
He was arrested for attempted criminal mischief and sentenced to probation, counseling and substance abuse treatment. Slater also became a hero for disgruntled employees everywhere, but later said the episode "was not indicative of who I am."
In March, executive Greg Smith quit Goldman Sachs with an opinion piece in The New York Times assailing a "toxic and destructive" culture at the investment bank and accusing it of putting profits ahead of clients' interests, "ripping off" investors and dismissing customers as "muppets."
"Leadership used to be about ideas, setting an example and doing the right thing," he wrote. "Today, if you make enough money for the firm (and are not currently an ax murderer) you will be promoted into a position of influence."