CBC’s Q will continue without Jian Ghomeshi, the radio show’s former host who was dismissed on Sunday after the CBC became aware of assault allegations against him.
After a pause and a sigh, temporary host Brent Bambury addressed listeners in the show’s opening monologue Monday at 10 a.m.
“I know for the many of you who love and look forward to this show, this is a very hard day,” Bambury, the host of CBC’s Day 6 program, said.
“But remember: there are dozens of people who work hard to bring you Q ... They’re still here, they’re still committed and they’re determined to bring you the best show they can,” Bambury said.
“We move forward. I hope you’ll come with us,” he said, before continuing with the show’s scheduled interviews.
The CBC confirmed on Sunday that it had dismissed Ghomeshi, Q’s host since 2007, citing “information” that had recently come to light.
Later on Sunday, the Toronto Star published a story detailing allegations from three women who said Ghomeshi had assaulted them.
Ghomeshi said in a Facebook post on Sunday that the alleged assaults were consensual and the allegations “categorically untrue.”
The Giller Prize committee announced on Sunday that Ghomeshi will not host the awards gala in early November. The replacement host will be decided by the CBC, the committee later said.
Meanwhile, CBC worked to scrub evidence of Ghomeshi’s prominent role at the network. A sprawling floor-to-ceiling advertisement for Q featuring Ghomeshi’s smiling face was torn down from CBC headquarters. However, many noted that the same image still advertised Q on CBC’s mobile app. His image was also on the Q Facebook page.
Q, founded by Ghomeshi, is also broadcast on over 180 NPR/PRI stations and syndicated in the U.S.
Julia Yager, a spokeswoman for PRI, said Sunday that the radio broadcaster will “work with the CBC as they plan what is next for Q.”
- With files from Canadian Press