One of the most bizarre radio hirings in recent memory occured last August when Fox Sports Radio hired washed up pervert and egomaniac Pat O’Brien to join the cast of their “Loose Cannons” show. O’Brien was a high profile sports announcer with CBS in the ’80’s. He subsequently was a Hollywood gossip anchor on “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider.”
O’Brien had been ostracized and unemployable since his media career fell off he face of the earth following a crazy cocaine and alcohol fueled incident in 2006. A drunken O’Brien left an unknown woman a series of sexually suggestive voicemails. The woman released the voicemails on the Internet and O’Brien was briefly a national laughingstock. Nevertheless, Fox Sports hired O’Brien last summer.
Today, O’Brien, who has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse, didn’t show up for his radio show. Veteran sports talk show host Mike North is filling in for O’Brien. The show announced that O’Brien would be out “indefinitely.” O’Brien had been behaving bizarrely on the air recently. He started randomly crying during a “Loose Cannons” segment and t-shirt giveaway earlier this week. Last week, a rambling, incoherrent O’Brien went on a rant where he seriously talked about why he should be in the basketball Hall of Fame.
There was no reason given for O’Brien’s absence from “Loose Cannons” but his hiring seems to be another genius move by soon-to-be-unemployed Fox Sports Radio head Don Martin.