Dan Bongino returned to his Cumulus Media radio program Wednesday and announced he will be starting a fund to help those colleagues of his who have been “let go” because they wouldn’t get vaccinated.
“I’m going to create a fund for these Cumulus employees who were let go — in a rather pathetic, disturbing fashion, I might add — and I’m going to highlight their stories. I’m going to put $250,000 of my own money in that fund. I’ll keep you updated and show you the receipts. I owe you that,” said Bongino, who was absent from the program for a week and a half in protest of the company’s vaccination mandate. On Wednesday’s program, he added that he and Cumulus are still at “a stalemate” regarding his employment. A representative for Cumulus did not immediately return a request for comment.
The fund, he said, will benefit as many Cumulus employees as possible before expanding to offer aid to unvaccinated people who lost their jobs in other industries.
“We’re going to do as best we can,” he said, adding that the fund will “actually do something” and he won’t tweet or write op-eds about it.
Last month, Bongino declared on his program that Cumulus could either have his show or the vaccine mandate: “You can’t have both.” Though he is vaccinated, the conservative pundit takes issue with the decree. As Inside Radio reported last month, numerous Cumulus employees have left or been let go since the mandate was made in August.
“So I’ll say again, I’m not going to let this go. Cumulus is going to have to make a decision with me — if they want to continue this partnership or they don’t — but I’m talking to you on their airwaves. They don’t have to let that happen and I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t because it’s really unfortunate that people with a lower profile than me, who don’t have 300-plus stations, have been summarily either shown the door or been put in really untenable circumstances because they simply want to make a medical decision by themselves,” Bongino said in October.
After Rush Limbaugh’s death earlier in 2021, Bongino took over his time slot and emerged as one of Limbaugh’s most likely successors in the conservative movement. His show now airs on 300 stations nationwide.