Talk-show host Kenny Bryan has been “let go” from his role as co-anchor of the Rooster FM morning radio show.
Hurley’s Entertainment announced in a press release Friday that the former political candidate would be replaced by Barrie Quappe, who previously hosted the show between 2002 and 2006.
Neither Mr. Bryan, also the former aide to Premier Alden McLaughlin, nor Hurley’s Entertainment managing director Randy Merren gave a direct reason for the decision.
Mr. Bryan said in a statement, “I am saddened that the choice was taken to let me go from the show as I do believe the show was just getting back to a place it needed to be – a show that addressed any and every issue.”
Mr. Merren’s statement focused on the return of Ms. Quappe to the host’s chair, alongside Woody DaCosta.
“I’m delighted to welcome Barrie back to Crosstalk,” he said. “She was an honest, capable, and impartial interviewer who was widely respected by her guests when she originally hosted the show.”
Mr. Bryan, who ran with the Progressives in 2013, has previously announced plans to run at the next election, possibly as an independent candidate. He was sacked as aide to Premier McLaughlin in March last year after being charged with assaulting police and disorderly conduct following a dispute with a police officer outside a nightclub. In February of this year, he was given 12 months’ probation and ordered to pay costs in relation to the charges, though no conviction was recorded. The charges related to a heated discussion in which Bryan was said to have sworn and pointed at the officer.
Bryan became co-host of Crosstalk in September.
He said Friday he had enjoyed the role and was disappointed to be departing.
“I first want to thank all the valuable listeners to Cayman CrossTalk who have been supporting me while … on the show. It was a great pleasure serving you every morning and allowing me to be a voice you depended on to discuss topical issues that face the Cayman Islands.
“I wish the show and the owners of … Hurley’s media the best in its delivery of media throughout Cayman. It is very important that the people of the Cayman Islands have a platform to discuss our daily issues.”
He added that he would continue to “evaluate, debate and constructively critique” the issues of the country on any platform available.
“The issues of these islands matter to the people, so it matters to me,” he said.
Mr. Merren said Ms. Quappe, who hosted the show from temporary studios in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan, would make the perfect foil for Mr. DaCosta.
He said, “Woody’s background in business and politics, combined with Barrie’s deep understanding of so many facets of public affairs makes this morning team uniquely qualified to lead in-depth and impartial discussions about the future of the Cayman Islands.”