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Radio host Mike Stafford has left Global News after he used the word “P*ki” last week in Microsoft Teams, a workspace chat platform. Stafford, former host of The Morning Show in 640 Toronto, has worked with AM640 since 2001. It was later rebranded as Global News Radio 640 Toronto and is now owned by Global News’ parent company Corus Entertainment, one of the largest media companies in Canada. In a statement, a Corus Entertainment spokesperson said, “I can confirm that Mike Stafford is no longer with 640 Toronto. Unfortunately, we can’t provide any further details.” A source told VICE World News Stafford was fired. In a screenshot obtained by VICE World News, Stafford appeared to be commenting on a Ontario Premier Doug Ford press conference about schools on June 2 when he made the comment, “I had $5 at home that he’d slip and call it the P*ki variant.” A source said there were more than 100 people in the chat group and that Stafford’s comment no longer appears in the channel. The source said they have not heard anything from managers about Stafford’s departure.

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