While hosting a radio show last week, Fox 2 News anchor Vic Faust delivered an off-air skewer of hate speech, sexist comments and personal insults directed at a female colleague.
Faust used the slur at least 40 times in a nearly four-minute rant, which infuriated Krystal Cooper for, among other things, her weight and her parenting skills.
Faust’s off-air comments were digitally recorded and sent to the Post-Dispatch anonymously after 5 p.m. Friday.
On Monday, Faust confirmed that there had been a confrontation.
“Well, it is,” said Faust when the audio clip was described as profane. He said there was “background” to the story, but declined to comment further.
The explosion occurred last Tuesday morning at KFNS (100.7 FM), a hard-rock station known as “The Viper”. This came near the end of the 8–10 a.m. morning drive show, “The Edge”, which Faust regularly hosts on weekdays with other personalities.
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Faust has been a main news anchor at local Fox affiliate, KTVI (Channel 2), since 2015. He co-hosts the 5 pm and 9 pm shifts with Mandy Murphy and Jasmine Hooda.
The spark of Faust’s Harangu appears in the closing minutes of Tuesday’s radio show, which is posted as a podcast to YouTube. No new shows have been posted.
Videos from Tuesday’s show include Faust and Cooper in an uncomfortable exchange about material on Thursday’s show.
As the show nears a final commercial break at around 9:50 a.m., the on-air exchange becomes more apparent, with Faust calling Cooper a “liar” and saying that he is a “stupid” for bringing up the “stupid” topic. Was.
The confrontation quickly escalated off-air: Faust began using foul language and told Cooper several times to “shut (inadequate) up” and “shut (his) mouth.”
He calls her “fat,” “stupid” and “bad” and refers to her over and over again using a curse word directed at women. Then at one point, Faust says, “You’re nothing” and “You’re garbage.”
Talking about her broadcasting skills, Faust says, “You’re a (devoid of) mom, you don’t even know the subjects we’re talking about. You’re just an idiot.”
He even scolds Cooper for the place where he attended high school. After calling her “self-righteous,” Faust said, “You think you’re special because you went to Villa (the Duchess).”
On a more threatening note, Faust tells Cooper not to return to the show, a situation which Faust says he arranged for her.
“If you come back, I’ll be in you (without) every day,” said Faust, who says he’ll call you a (disrespectful) every day.
When Cooper replies that Faust is not her boss and that she plans to return to the show, Faust says: “Then I’ll nail your (disrespectful) …
Then as the off-air confrontation prepares to go back on the air and close the show, Faust tells Cooper, “Your kids have a (devoid of) terrible mom. I’m sorry for that.”
To that comment, Cooper replied, “Wow. Awesome.”
Only once in an off-air exchange, about halfway to Faust’s Harangu, Cooper instructs any abuse at Faust, saying that he should “chill out (active) out” because he ” Were acting like immature (immature).”
Cooper could not be reached for comment. Her Facebook page notes that she began working at The Viper in May and left on September 13, the day of her confrontation with Faust.
Also attending Tuesday’s show with Faust and Cooper were Eric Johnson and Brendan Shanahan.
During the first moments of the off-air confrontation, one of the neutral co-hosts can be heard saying “Don’t be like that, guys.” Later, a co-host says, “Vic, Vic, Vic, Vic….wait, wait.”
Tuesday’s show’s podcast was last posted online; And on Mondays, the Morning-Drive slot was exclusively music programming.
The radio station’s general manager Chris Blevins could not be reached for comment on Monday. The station’s sales manager Brian Richardson stated that Faust’s show was “not currently on the air” and referred further questions to Blevins.
KTVI news director Audrey Privich could also not be reached for comment.
The radio station, which plays hard rock music, is licensed from Troy, Missouri; Its studios are located in Lake St. Louis. It is no longer affiliated with Am Sports-Talk Station with the same call letter.
Faust graduated from Althof Catholic in Belleville in 1991. He attended the University of Missouri on an athletic scholarship and played tight end for the Football Tigers.
After graduating, he began his broadcasting career in sports with the Missouri Tiger Radio Network. He made his television debut in 1998 and covered sports and news in St. Joseph and Columbia, Missouri; Tulsa; and Detroit.
In April 2015, he left the Detroit television station after 11 years to join KTVI and replace retired Tom O’Neill.
This is a YouTube post from Tuesday’s show on “The Age,” which stars Faust and Cooper. Their on-air confrontation begins around 1:48:00 of the clip.