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Dean Blundell, 102.1 The Edge's Shock Jock, Replies To 'Homophobe' Accusations

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Dean Blundell, the longtime radio host of CFNY 102.1 The Edge's morning show, took to his site to address accusations that he's a homophone. | Edge.ca

After having his longtime morning show cancelled earlier this week, former CFNY 102.1 The Edge radio show host, Dean Blundell took to his own website on Friday morning to clear the air and deny accusations that he's homophobic.

In a "Straight From Dean" letter, which Blundell mentioned in a tweet early Friday morning, Blundell said he took a few days to reflect on "the situation I find myself in" while also wanting to set "the record straight."

With more than 4,000 shows and nearly 20,000 hours of airtime to his credit, the host said he's "taken funny, controversial an sometimes inappropriate humour to every corner of the city, poked fun of everything and everyone -- including myself, often -- and learned a heck of a lot along the way."

From there, Blundell addressed accusations by some that he is homophobic, something he quickly denounced.

"Let me state unequivocally that I am not a homophobe," he wrote. "If you do something every single day, for as long as I have, making a career out of pushing the envelope and being inappropriate at times, there are bound to be differences of opinion that arise. I respect that, but I am not a homophobe."

After referring to the various guests from the LGBT community who appeared on The Dean Blundell Show during his run, the radio host said he "did not discriminate" on his show and "have always been supportive of my gay friends, and of the gay community."

Blundell -- who closed by thanking his audience and listeners over his 13-year run -- also said he'd have "much more to say" about what happened in the upcoming weeks ahead but didn't elaborate.

Although there were no comments posted to the letter, subsequent tweets from Blundell said demand to the site had crashed the site.

On Monday, Corus Radio cancelled the show after initially suspending the program in December. The actions were the result of a Toronto Star investigation which revealed Derek Welsman, the show's producer, revealed details of an ongoing trial while he was the foreman on the jury.

On three different occasions in September, 2013, Welsman referred to the sexual assault trial which led to Joshua Dowholis being found guilty of sexually assaulting four men at a Toronto bathhouse back in 2011.

A notice on 102.1 The Edge's site earlier this week said the show was cancelled effective immediately. The site also removed all references to the show and Blundell.

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