Monday, though, Manley broke over those boundaries during an appearance on WTOP, in which he called former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman — the color analyst during Sunday’s Redskins broadcast on Fox — a “queer.”
This happened during a live appearance around 9:40 a.m., an appearance that had previously been filled with jokes and laughs. Manley — a regular guest on the station — had talked about how the Broncos result made him kick his dogs, and how Peyton Manning makes defenders pee in their pants. He also forgot Kyle Shanahan’s first name; “see, I had this brain surgery, so you’ve got to forgive me,” Manley apologized.
The hosts attempted to end the spot with another light-hearted moment.
“Was it a big jinx that Troy Aikman was doing the game, the former Cowboy?” Manley was asked at the end of the segment.
“I think Troy was a queer,” Manley said.
The hosts immediately made it clear that this wasn’t a topic for humor, and encouraged Manley to step back.
“I’m sorry about that,” he said. “I take that back….I apologize.”
As a result, the station’s longtime newsroom director, Jim Farley, said that Manley would no longer be appearing on the station, writing in an email and on Twitter that the station was “shocked and stunned,” and that Manley would not be on the station again.
“I lose my memory and all of a sudden it comes back,” he told the station in August. “I could be driving and not know where I’m going, or what’s the purpose of where I”m going to. It hasn’t been easy.”
Update, 12:20 p.m.
The station released a statement on the situation. Here it is.
This morning in a live interview former Redskins player Dexter Manley made an offensive and derogatory comment. He was immediately challenged by WTOP news anchors Mike Moss and Bruce Alan. We were shocked and stunned and we apologize to our listeners that this happened on WTOP.WTOP has contacted a representative for Manley and informed her that he will not be returning.