Four men who produced televised broadcasts of Howard Stern’s radio show say they were victims of reverse racism after being hired in Jan. 2014 to produce broadcasts of the popular syndicated morning show for Revolt TV, a music channel founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs.
The suit brought by Todd Baker, Douglas Goodstein, Richard Wilson, Michael Schiff and Jason Preziosi, alleges they were fired and replaced with “significantly younger and significantly less experienced or qualified African-Americans” after frequently being told they did not understand “the culture.”
The complaint charges that executives at Revolt TV, which televises the radio show on the hip-hop station Power 105, treated black employees differently than white ones.
Val Boreland, Revolt’s executive vice president, “was always rude, condescending and dismissive” to executive producer Goodstein and his team, the suit charges.
“Revolt tolerated a particularly high level of unprofessional behavior by the Breakfast Club’s African-American staff. Specifically, such African-American employees arrived to work intoxicated or hungover,” the suit reads.
The papers also note that Goodstein’s team often conflicted with execs over how to handle on-air guests showing up late to the radio show.
“Whereas the show’s on-air personalities tolerated lateness, the Goodstein production team was used to producing shows where such a lack of punctuality was either less tolerated or not permitted whatsoever,” papers read.
The Goodstein team was frequently told “they did not understand the culture,” papers read. Goodstein’s team argues in their suit that their responsibilities did not require they have a firm grasp of black culture, anyway.
“Regardless of the show’s subject matter, the Goodstein production team was able to perform their duties,” papers read.
In December 2014 Revolt fired the Goodstein team.
“The true reason that Revolt terminated the Goodstein production team was because they were Caucasian and much older than their replacements,” the lawsuit reads.
The production team seeks damages to be determined at trial.
The suit does not name Power 105 or The Breakfast Club as a defendant. A message left with Revolt was not returned.