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'F..., kill or marry' question by CFOX host Jeff O'Neil provokes outrage

12/17/2014 11:12 EST | Updated 02/16/2015 05:59 EST
A Vancouver radio station has apologized after a host made a controversial comment that touched off a storm on social media on Tuesday.

During the show, CFOX host Jeff O'Neil proposed that CKNW guest host Chris Gailus ask federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau a question — which many found offensive and misogynistic — during an upcoming interview.

O'Neil suggested that Gailus ask Trudeau who he would "F.., Kill or marry," amongst Laureen Harper (the prime minister's wife), Health Minister Rona Ambrose or former governor general Michaëlle Jean.

Gailus, the regular evening news host on Global Television, was criticized on social media for appearing to go along with the joke. He later issued an apology twitter saying he was caught off guard by the offensive comment.

It is not the first time a CFOX host's on-air comments have drawn criticism. Another host once asked B.C. Premier Christy Clark on air what it was like to be a "MILF." 

Both CKNW and Global Television have since issued an apology for the latest incident.

“This morning on CKNW there was some very inappropriate comments and suggestions made that were offensive to many of our listeners. I would like to apologize for that and assure that those comments will not be repeated on this radio station," said Ian Koenigsfest, brand manager of CKNW.

"I would also like to apologize to Chris Gailus and Squire Barnes, who are hosting the CKNW Morning Show this week, for being put in an awkward situation from which they were unaware, and assure them that such a situation will not occur again.”

CFOX also issued an apology.

"We recognize now that the segment we did with the CKNW morning show and Global personalities was in tremendously poor taste to not only women, but all members of our community," said a statement on the CFOX website.

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