Radio host uses cancer-stricken fan meeting Chase Utley as comedic fodder (audio)
A Philadelphia radio host arguably may find himself in hot water — or at least a public relations nightmare — after cracking jokes at the expense of a Philadelphia Phillies with cancer who got the chance to meet Chase Utley during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
Julie Kramer, a 23-year-old New Jersey native currently battling stage 4 synovial sarcoma, was surprised by Phillies superstar Chase Utley during her appearance on the daytime talk show (video here).
Kramer, a huge Phillies fan who counts the second baseman as her favorite player, was showered with gifts by Utley, who also invited her to attend as many games as she wanted next season.
@Phillies finished my first #Phillies 5k!!!! #gophils #philly pic.twitter.com/mQfrxrDuVe
— Julie Kramer (@JulieKramer4) March 22, 2014
WPHT’s Chris Stigall, in full shock jock mode and doing himself no favors with his comedic take on a heartwarming story that needed no sarcastic embellishment, mocked Kramer and Utley, specifically regarding the Phillies second baseman’s invite to games next season, arguing that given her cancer diagnosis, it very well could be a pointless offer.
Riffing on the concept that Utley could be traded soon and may not “even be around to take the cancer patients to the games,” Stigall took it way too far with his follow-up comments.
“Plus, it’s probably terminal what that woman has,” Stigall said during Wednesday’s show, per NJ.com. “You think she’s going to live through an entire season?”
An attempt by NJ Advanced Media to contact WPHT’s program director seeking comment reportedly was unsuccessful and their call had not been returned at the time of the publishing of the report.