Jeff Dubay out at 1500 ESPN
|Jeff Dubay is out of a job once again.|
Almost exactly a year after he was hired, Jeff Dubay was let go today by 1500 ESPN.
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Dubay himself broke the news on his Twitter account:
Equal parts devastated and grateful today. Grateful to Dan Seeman and the Hubbard family for the great opportunity they gave me...-- Jeff Dubay (@JeffDubay) January 13, 2014
...devastated that they had to let me go today purely for cost cutting measures. Thanks to all who have given their love and support.-- Jeff Dubay (@JeffDubay) January 13, 2014
Dubay made a remarkable return to the Twin Cities sports-talk airwaves following his October 2008 arrest for crack cocaine possession, an arrest that led to his termination from KFAN. (In an interview he did in late 2012, he said he started smoking crack after his wife started sleeping with his brother.)
Dan Seeman is a tremendous GM as well as a close friend. This was about money and I'm grateful for him for waiving my no compete clause.-- Jeff Dubay (@JeffDubay) January 13, 2014
His tenure at 1500 ESPN was marked by a number of bitter Twitter feuds with folks ranging from MPR's Bob Collins to climate-change believers to Chris Kluwe.
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1500 ESPN published a statement about Dubay's departure on its Facebook page this afternoon. Here it is, in its entirety:
Today 1500 ESPN made the difficult announcement that we will not be renewing Jeff Dubay's contract.-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff has done a great job for us at 1500 ESPN. He has done everything we asked him to do. Unfortunately, the 2014 business environment requires that we operate in a more efficient manner. This decision is not a reflection of Jeff's performance. It is a reflection of our current operating environment.
We want to personally thank Jeff for his commitment to 1500 ESPN. He has come to work prepared, full of energy and ready to host a sports talk show every day.
Jeff's last day is today. We will not be adding staff to fill Jeff's position so we will be sharing a plan for Judd's show in the very near future.