DENVER - Controversial talk radio host Peter Boyles says he grabbed his producer's lanyard and forcibly pulled the man close to his face during a incident that resulted in Boyles being fired from KHOW.
Boyles spoke to 9Wants to Know Friday days before he begins a new gig on 710 KNUS, where he will anchor the morning drive for the station.
Boyles was fired after a May incident where he admits he got physical with his producer on the day Tom Tancredo announced he would run for governor.
"It was really a tense moment," Boyles told investigative reporter Jace Larson. He said he was frustrated because he didn't feel he was getting full support from his producer.
"I said, 'OK everyone, get in the game,'" Boyles said. "He popped off and I grabbed his lanyard and pulled him to me. It left red marks on his neck."
Boyles says no one is to blame but himself.
"I was out of line. It was my fault. I own what I did. I'm responsible for that," he said.
Several sources tell 9Wants to Know that Boyles got more physical than Boyles described.
Clear Channel, which owns KHOW, fired Boyles.
"I got a phone call to come back in the building and wait in the lobby. I was taken downstairs and I was fired. After all these years there was no severance. I've never been on unemployment in my life and was told not to file for it because they would fight it. I was fired for workplace violence," he said.
Boyles says he thinks Clear Channel fired him because the company did not see a long term relationship with him.
Clear Channel has not commented other than to say Boyle's firing was a personnel issue.
Boyles said he is looking forward to his new radio gig. He expects the show to be similar to his last one.
A topic Boyles said he plans to discuss Monday morning: Paula Deen's recent admission she used a racial slur.
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