Anthony Cumia Calls Old Co-Host to Discuss Domestic Violence Charges, Calls Rehab 'Pretty Fun'

Cumia, left and Hughes in 2014. Photo via Getty
Cumia, left and Hughes in 2014. Photo via Getty

This June, racist shock jock Anthony Cumia pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing for attacking his then-girlfriend in his home. On Tuesday, he called his old co-host Gregg “Opie” Hughes to talk to him for the first time in two years, since the duo had a very bad breakup. In that call, Cumia reflected on how rehab was “pretty fun,” and to promise he’s done dating “crazy girls,” at least for like a month or two.


After a 20-year run, Cumia was fired from the Opie & Anthony show in 2014, because of an extended history of saying racist things and one particularly long and unhinged Twitter rant about black people. As Page Six reported, the two haven’t spoken since, until Cumia called Hughes on-air to complain that he’s a bad friend:

“I didn’t think you went to bat [for me] as a guy who did radio with somebody for 20 years would’ve went to bat,” Cumia told Hughes. “I didn’t hear one inkling that it happened, so I didn’t think you gave it a good shot.”

Hughes responded, “I gave it a fair shot. … I felt like the separation was starting already before that incident happened … I honestly think we needed a break at the time.”

Cumia entered rehab following the assault arrest but before he was sentenced. He told Hughes and the other giggling doofuses in the booth that he has “Definitely calmed down on the crazy girl front … at least until December.” He also said rehab was “actually pretty fun,” adding, “I thought it was gonna be like prison, but in fact it was a real nice place.”

Cumia was handed an extremely generous deal on the assault charges: if he finishes six months of outpatient rehab for alcoholism as well as a batterers’ intervention program, his charges will be reduced to harassment and his record will be wiped clean.

Hughes and Cumia’s full conversation is below, if for some reason you want to do that to yourself.

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.


Man, I remember when these assholes first started out on WAAF in Worcester with their “Whip ‘em Out Wednesdays” stickers and all that garbage. At least if you saw a car with the sticker you could rest assured you were not dealing with, like, an actual worthwhile human being.

Seriously, this crap was the beginning of the end for actual rock radio. Ah well.

(NOTE: Yes. I am super, super old.)