Conservative radio host Dan Bongino threatened his employer with an on-air ultimatum Monday, saying he would quit his popular radio show if the company did not do away with an imposed COVID vaccine mandate.
‘You can have me, or you can have the mandate. But you can’t have both of us,’ Bongino told Cumulus Media during an October 18 airing of ‘The Dan Bongino Show.’
Cumulus, which owns the network that airs The Dan Bongino Show, announced to employees in August that it would require them to be vaccinated by the end of September in an effort to return to the office on October 11.
Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and congressional candidate whose radio show is syndicated on Fox Nation, argued that the mandate violates workers’ constitutional and basic human rights.
‘There is a very real thing called natural immunity. There’s an even realer thing called freedom and liberty,’ Bongino said Monday.
Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and congressional candidate whose radio show is syndicated on Fox Nation, argued that the mandate violates workers’ constitutional and basic human rights
Bongino himself is vaccinated after advice from his doctor while he was battling cancer
‘This is a constitutional republic. People have the right to make their own medical decisions, and the company has the right to do what it wants, as well.’
He then added: ‘But if a company is going to make political decisions – and I believe this was a political decision, I don’t believe this is based in any science – I could argue it all day.
‘And they should at least recognize that the company is earning a lot of money off people who have the opposite political persuasion.’
Bongino, one of the most prominent right-wing pundits today and the de facto radio replacement for the late Rush Limbaugh, has been vaccinated and is currently receiving treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
During Monday’s episode, the conservative commentator declared that his opposition to the Cumulus’ vaccine policy was on behalf of other, less influential workers at the company, ‘so you know I’m not letting it go.’
‘But I promise you I have no intention of letting these guys get let go,’ Bongino continued, adding, ‘or get harassed because they made a private and personal medical decision on only one of the biggest issues of our time.’
Earlier this year, Bongino’s talk show took over Rush Limbaugh’s lauded radio slot in multiple markets
Cumulus Media is the third largest owner and operator of AM and FM radio stations in the United States.
Earlier this year, Bongino’s talk show took over Limbaugh’s lauded radio slot in multiple markets.
Now, the company is facing pushback from a variety of personalities working for networks under their umbrella.
Tron Simpson, a weekend host at ‘NewsRadio 740′ KVOR who also did weekends for the Cumulus’ co-owned classic rock station KKFM (98.1), is no longer with the company.
The right-wing radio host in Colorado Springs announced last week that he had ‘been terminated’ due to his refusal to get the COVID vaccine as required by both radio stations.
Saturday morning ‘NewsRadio 740’ KVOR host Jeff Crank also left the company instead of getting vaccinated.
The conservative commentator declared his opposition to the Cumulus’ vaccine policy was on behalf of other, less influential workers at the company, ‘so you know I’m not letting it go’
Crank told the Colorado Times Recorder last week that he quit because the mandate is ‘unethical and immoral.’
‘I’m going to make my medical decisions after consultation with my doctor – and it won’t be forced onto me by the CEO of a company that I’ve never met or knows nothing about me.’
The pair, however, represents just a small sample of those exiting Cumulus Media in recent weeks, with WDRQ Detroit morning co-host Roxanne Steele and Tim Hill and PD/morning show co-host at WNKT Columbia also opting to leave their respective stations instead of being forced to get the jab.
What’s more, in September, company insiders told Inside Radio that most requests for exemptions for the vaccine mandate were denied by Cumulus execs – even those who applied based on religious beliefs and for medical conditions.
Moreover, Cumulus’ mandate is also affecting employees who are not on air.
A source within the company told Inside that a slew of board-ops and street team members at various stations across the country have also left the company since the mandate was imposed in August.
Cumulus Media CEO Mary Berner announced to employees in a written statement in August the company’s reasoning behind the mandate, citing that operations at the company run smoother when workers are interacting in-person – and argued that vaccinations were necessary to make that happen.
Cumulus Media CEO Mary Berner announced to employees in a written statement in August the company’s reasoning behind the mandate, citing operations at the firm run smoother when workers are in the office – and said vaccinations were necessary to make that happen
‘Put simply, we believe that Force Cumulus is at our best when we’re working together in offices,’ CEO Mary Berner said in the statement.
‘To do that as safely as we reasonably can, we’re requiring that everyone be vaccinated except those legally excepted. It would neither be fair nor do we have the bandwidth to make exceptions based on individual preferences.’
The Bongino Report, a Twitter account linked to Bongino’s news-aggregation website, clarified on Monday after the talking head’s on-air announcement that Bongino was, in fact, vaccinated.
‘He is not resisting the vaccine mandate for himself but for other employees who don’t have a platform to fight back as they risk unemployment if they don’t comply,’ the tweet said.
‘It’s time for people to stand together against these outrageous vaccine mandates,’ the account added in another Tweet, the day after the host’s impassioned appeal.
Cumulus did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com regarding Bongino’s status as a host on its network – nor did Bongino himself.