Hot 97's "Ebro In The Morning" Issue Apology After Paddy Dukes' Firing
Hot 97 faced major scrutiny over the weekend after a major revelation was made in HBO’s Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn. The documentary revealed that a long-time employee at the station, Pasquale “Paddy Duke” Raucci, was a suspect in Hawkins’ case where a mob of white men fatally shot him dead. After uproar on social media, Hot 97 said Paddy Duke was fired but many wondered how no one, including Ebro and Funk Flex, was aware of these accusations.
Ebro In The Morning addressed the controversy on their show this morning while offering an apology to listeners and fans for how the entire situation unfolded. “Corporate started to go to work to find out who knew what, when Paddy was hired and what was going to be the response because this wasn’t going to be allowed to fly,” Ebro explained before Laura added that Raucci’s was at Hot 97 longer than any of the hosts. “The realization is that this couldn’t be swept under the rug, obviously, so he’s been fired,” Ebro added.
Laura continued to explain that the staff only knew him as Paddy Duke without knowing his real name, though Ebro did admit that he was aware of Raucci’s connection to the case.
“He told me that he got swept up in the Yusef Hawkins…