When Sean Savoy (left) interviewed LGBT advocate William Kolb (below) for his Reno radio show House of Savoy, he knew he might make some people uncomfortable. He didn’t expect his bosses at Fox News affiliate KKFT 99.1 FM would cancel the entire show because of it.
Airing Sunday evenings House of Savoy has been on since September 2011. The August 12 episode, in which Kolb appeared, covered numerous topics relating to the gay community, from Chick-fil-A to marriage equality.
After the episode aired and Savoy left town for a business trip, his producer informed hims that station owner Jerry Evans wanted Taste of Savoy yanked specifically because of Kolb’s appearance.
“To think I could be removed for having a conversation about the LGBT community in America baffles me. I have conducted a variety of interviews with a wide range of people over the past year, and yet this was the topic that got my show cancelled,” Savoy said. “I am shocked I could be censored in this manner, especially when there has been no prior complaint of the show’s content.”
You were on a Fox affiliate, Sean—How shocked could you be?
Ironically, Savoy, an ordained minister and public educator, is gay but only came out publicly after the axing.
From LGBTQ Nation:
Until his show was cancelled, Savoy had not been open about being gay himself, but the incident has prompted him to be more open about his sexual orientation.
Savoy had not made the decision to come out until earlier this year, and said there was considerable “soul searching,” as well as intense discussions with his inner circle, including his family and his partner.
At the time he was sacked, Savoy acknowledged that he was still hiding the fact that he is gay.
Savoy added that while he lived as a straight man, he found himself desiring a much more fulfilling life that wasn’t based on deception and was true to his sexual orientation.
“Desiring” it is nice, but how about standing up and being counted before you get tossed on your butt and need the LGBT community to support you?
We don’t want to rag on Savoy but it seems like he was content to implicitly endorse the ideology of his station—and force his friends, family and partner to help him stay in the closet—till it all fell apart. We hope he finds a new gig, and a new perspective, very soon.
Below is the first part of the August 12 episode of House of Savoy. You can hear the entire episode on the GLAAD website