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Catsimatidis Suspends Guiliani from WABC Radio

NEW YORK – Greek-American billionaire John Catsimatidis suspended Rudolph W. Giuliani from WABC Radio on May 10 for discussing “discredited claims about the 2020 presidential election on air,” violating the radio station’s policy, according to the New York Times.

Catsimatidis, the WABC Radio owner, explained that Giuliani was suspended after repeatedly refusing to avoid the topic despite numerous warnings. “We’re not going to talk about fallacies of the November 2020 election,” he stated, mentioning that he had warned Giuliani multiple times. Receiving texts from Giuliani refusing to comply left Catsimatidis with no choice but to suspend him.

The New York Times highlighted Giuliani’s significant role in former President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election results. As Trump’s personal lawyer, Giuliani coordinated legal challenges to President Biden’s victory in several states.

The suspension from WABC, one of Giuliani’s primary income sources, is expected to exacerbate his legal and financial issues, removing one of his last mainstream public platforms. Giuliani faces criminal charges in Georgia and Arizona related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and is involved in numerous lawsuits. Creditors, including two Georgia election workers he defamed, are also pursuing him for $148 million.

In a statement, Giuliani criticized WABC’s policies as a violation of free speech, claiming he was unaware of any policy restricting discussions about the 2020 election. He said he only learned of his suspension through the New York Times. “Obviously I was never informed on such a policy, and even if there was one, it was violated so often that it couldn’t be taken seriously,” Giuliani wrote.

The New York Times described the situation as an unlikely falling out, noting that WABC, under Catsimatidis, had become a haven for conservative voices. Catsimatidis indicated that Giuliani earned a percentage of the show’s advertising revenue rather than a salary, with previous reports suggesting an annual income of approximately $400,000 from WABC, though recent court filings hinted at financial losses.

Catsimatidis, who has his own history with Trump, hosting him on WABC in 2022 and co-chairing a major fundraiser for Trump’s campaign, has grown increasingly concerned about potential legal risks due to Giuliani’s continued presence on air. Following the January 6 Capitol riot, WABC issued a memo instructing on-air talent not to question the election’s validity.

Events escalated on May 9 when Giuliani was cut off mid-sentence while discussing his legal troubles and the suspension of his law license. Catsimatidis described the decision to suspend Giuliani as difficult, given their four-decade-long acquaintance. “Look, I like the guy as a person, but you can’t do that,” he stated. “You can’t cross the line.”

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