K102's Hines apologizes for on-air remark about baby Zahara:
It's hard to imagine the context in which it would be acceptable or funny for K102's John Hines to call celebrity baby Zahara Jolie Pitt "Chocolate Monkey."
Hines could not have agreed more when he telephoned from vacation Friday to respond to a complaint made to me, and reportedly the Federal Communications Commission, that he did just such a thing a few weeks ago.
"Looking back, knowing now about Jon Voight's [grandchildren], which I didn't have a clue about before, I could see where that would be very offensive," said Hines, who also phoned in to apologize on the air to K102 listeners.
Zahara's name came up when Hines and cohorts were on the air discussing a news story about Voight sending happy birthday wishes to grandson Maddox Jolie Pitt. Voight has not met any of the children of his estranged daughter Angelina Jolie.
Hines & Co. poked fun at Voight's alleged bumbling when pressed to name Jolie's children. "My co-workers were mocking that he didn't even know his grandchildren's names. But one of them sounded like some multi-syllable thing," he said.
They tossed out the names Chaka Khan and Scheherazade trying to get to Zahara.
"I don't know what that child's name was, but I said, 'He could have said Chocolate Monkey for all I know and what would the difference be? He's never met the kids.' This reporter was just putting him on the spot and making a mockery of the fact that he didn't know the kids' names. 'Why should he know the names?' " Hines said.