Jian Ghomeshi, host of a very popular arts and cultural affairs show on CBC Radio, was abruptly dismissed this past weekend. Those outside of Canada who think his name sounds familiar might remember him from the band Moxy Fruvous, and also the famous interview with Billy Bob Thorton, which got a lot of attention in the States.
Jian has posted his response on his Facebook page, and claims that he was dismissed because a jilted ex-GF was spreading around details of his private sex life, which includes BDSM. Jian claims that it was always safe and consensual and the CBC has no right to fire him, and is in fact going to sue the CBC for $50 million.
Several media outlets claim to have additional details and will be releasing them soon.
Personally, I think Jian is the finest interviewer I’ve ever heard and it will be a blow to the Canadian arts scene if they lose one of the most popular arts focused radio shows in the nation. If indeed CBC is reacting to his private sex life, and there’s no evidence of wrong-doing on Jian’s part, then I hope they get bit by the negative feedback and make amends.