Tom Joyner Responds To Rumors Of His 'Forced Retirement'

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 12/02/2015 | 01:45 PM EST

Plus, Reach Media releases an official statement

Tom Joyner is asking folks to think twice about the rumors they read on the Internet, especially those concerning him being forced into an early retirement.

Following reports of his rumored departure in December 2016, the veteran radio host took to Twitter to address the claims and assure fans that he isn't going anywhere.

"The Party with a Purpose® that’s been here for you for years is not stopping!" Joyner tweeted Tuesday evening. "We'll talk to you in the morning on your radio! (P.S. Don't believe everything you read on the internet)."

A report from Daily Mail claimed Joyner was being edged out by younger talent (namely syndicated radio host Russ Parr) and his "Tom Joyner Morning Show" would come to an end in 2016. An alleged source said radio conglomerate Radio One was timing Joyner's departure with President Barack Obama leaving office.

To further dispel the rumor, Reach Media released the following statement:

"Any stories that suggest major changes to the
Tom Joyner Morning Show are inaccurate. Tom Joyner is under contract with Reach Media until the end of 2017. We expect that Reach will continue to syndicate Tom's show beyond that date and for as long as he would like to be on the air. There has always been refinements and updates to the show, as well as market changes due to local conditions, and there may be some in the future; but Tom Joyner and the Tom Joyner Morning Show continues to be strong and is a daily Party with a Purpose. Reach is committed to Tom Joyner for the long term who remains committed to radio, his audience and the future."

Radio Ink
magazine reports Joyner decided not to address the article on the air Wednesday morning, as he thought the rumor was "preposterous."


(Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for TV One)

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