Why Was Larry Elder Fired?


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As of 2015, KABC has released no official reason for firing Larry Elder and has not offered an explanation to the host. Some speculate that Elder was fired to reduce station expenses or as a result of his relatively small show audience.

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Prior to his firing and show cancellation, Larry Elder had hosted his talk show on KABC for more than two decades. Larry Elder's radio show was reported to draw in an average of 12,200 listeners. This audience rating made it only the 32nd most-heard program of all radio shows broadcast in the Los Angeles region during his time slot. Competing shows, such as the "John and Ken Show" on KFI-AM, drew in nearly five times the number of listeners at an average of 48,700.

Larry Elder was fired at night when the KABC management team called in both Larry Elder and his agent to inform him that his contract would not be renewed. An internal memo within KABC indicated that Elder's firing was part of a larger movement towards new shows and other channel improvements for 2015. As of 2015, Larry Elder is currently hosting his show through a podcast and is no longer being broadcast live on radio.

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