Handel apologizes and sits a week

Catching up with the fallout from KFI shouter Bill Handel's tirade on Jamie White's morning show last Friday, LARadio.com says that Handel will sit out a one-week suspension when he returns from vacation and has apologized. His statement was read on the air at STAR 98.7 today during a best-of edition of the morning show:

Hi, I'm Charese Fruge, the program director for STAR 98.7. On Friday morning some of you may have witnessed an unfortunate incident on the Jamie, Jack & Stench morning show when Bill Handel entered the STAR studios. The following is a statement from Bill Handel: (voiced on the phone) "First of all I would like to say I am truly, deeply sorry for my actions on Friday morning. I had no business going into the STAR studio. I had no business over-reacting, which I did. I listened back to the tape and I realize that this was a madman talking. It was unprofessional. It was uncalled for and I am truly sorry to everyone who was involved. I was just way off base on that one. There is no excuse whatsoever for my action. I am genuinely sorry for any inconvenience or harm that I have caused."

LARadio says the f-word bombs thrown by Handel when he invaded White's live studio did not get on the air. Both KFI and 98.7 are Clear Channel stations and share an office building in Burbank. Both shows did best-of's today — Handel is on vacation in Hawaii, according to LARadio.

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