Rudy Giuliani Removed from WABC Radio Show Over 'Stolen Election' Claims

Rudy Giuliani faces new challenges in his broadcasting career

by Zain ul Abedin
Rudy Giuliani Removed from WABC Radio Show Over 'Stolen Election' Claims
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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been suspended without pay from his WABC radio program after allegedly violating a station policy by claiming the 2020 presidential election was stolen. This incident adds to the considerable legal and financial difficulties Giuliani, who is also facing numerous lawsuits and bankruptcy, is currently navigating.

John Catsimatidis, owner of the radio station and CEO of a billionaire grocery chain, confirmed Giuliani’s suspension following a fiery tirade on his show, "The Rudy Giuliani Show," which occurred during the last three minutes of Thursday's broadcast.

According to Catsimatidis, Giuliani's actions breached a strict company-wide directive against stating or implying that the election results were illegitimate. Despite previous warnings, including a formal letter prohibiting discussions of the 2020 election, Giuliani escalated his rhetoric, leading to his immediate removal from the air.

Catsimatidis recounted the moment he informed Giuliani of the decision, highlighting a tense exchange during which Giuliani questioned whether he was being fired, a question Catsimatidis left unanswered as of late Friday.

Giuliani Disputes Suspension

Giuliani, however, disputes the claims of policy violations, arguing that he was unaware of such restrictions and had frequently discussed the 2020 election on his program without issue. He expressed his frustration and disbelief over the broad nature of the policy, vehemently denying any wrongdoing and labeling the termination as unjust.

Giuliani also noted the financial impact of the suspension, as he was earning $15,000 a month from the show — a sum he described as insufficient given his current financial strains. Moreover, Giuliani's legal challenges continue to mount.

He is involved in several high-profile criminal cases in Arizona and Georgia related to attempts to overturn the 2020 election results. Additionally, he faces multiple civil lawsuits, including defamation cases brought by voting machine companies Dominion and Smartmatic, and allegations of s-xual assault by a former associate.

The former mayor, once dubbed "America’s Mayor" after his leadership during the 9/11 crisis, has seen his reputation and finances severely impacted in recent years. He declared bankruptcy in New York in December, disclosing debts potentially as high as $500 million, stemming from a $148 million civil court judgment against him.

Despite a commitment to curb his spending, reports indicate Giuliani exceeded his monthly budget by tens of thousands of dollars, underscoring his ongoing financial turmoil.