The radio morning team of Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck was fired on Thursday, a day after the pair described transgender people as “nut jobs” during a 12-minute segment.

Ray and Beck, hosts of The Breakfast Buzz on Rochester, New York's 98.9 The Buzz, were fired by Entercom Rochester, the station's parent company.

“This morning Entercom fired Kimberly and Beck effective immediately,” Sue Munn, vice president and general manager of Entercom Rochester, said in a written statement. “Their hateful comments against the transgender community do not represent our station or our company. We deeply apologize to the transgender community, the community of Rochester, and anyone else who was offended by their comments. We are proud of our past work on behalf of the local LGBT community and we remain committed to that partnership.”

During yesterday's segment, the hosts criticized Rochester for its decision to add transgender health care benefits to the city's medical plan. The new coverage takes effect January 1.

“The services that will be paid for under the new coverage: gender reassignment surgery, psychological counseling – because you're probably a nut job to begin with,” Ray said. “That's my opinion.”

As the hosts discussed the topic, they repeatedly played Aerosmith's 1987 hit Dude Looks Like a Lady.

“The dude can look like a lady and the city is going to pay for it!” Ray exclaimed. “Your tax dollars at work.”

“Then, if some woman can go to a doctor and it be proven that, hey, she's got mental issues because her rack's not big enough, then, you know what, she deserves a boob job,” Beck claimed.

“Right, right. If you can prove that you're a nut,” Ray added.

Ray initially defended her remarks, saying in a tweet that “Freedom of Speech includes the freedom to offend others. You aren't granted a right to not be offended in this life #getoverit #ROC,” but she later deleted the account.

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