If you've spent some time in Boston and tuned into the radio, then there's a good chance you've spent some time on Kiss 108 and listened to Matty Siegel. His Matty in the Morning show has been on since 1981 and is often ranked as the leading morning show segment in Boston. In fact, from 2001 to 2009 it was distributed all over New England.
But what happened recently on the program had folks worried about the future of his tenure at the station.
So what happened to Matty in the Morning?
Demi Lovato's made a ton of headlines recently. First, they were criticized for proclaiming that they're "California Sober," meaning they're abstaining from all drugs except marijuana and alcohol.
A short while after Demi was being dragged on Twitter for declaring their California Sobriety, they announced that they were coming out as non-binary and that their official gender pronouns are now they/them.
Matty Siegel, who was born in 1950 and actually interviewed Demi years ago, began commenting on Lovato's announcement in a way that must've made management at Kiss 108 uncomfortable.
According to many Twitter users, Matty disrespectfully joked about Demi's announcement, which could be why Kiss 108 station managers asked the radio show host to stop talking about Lovato while live on the air.
Matty didn't take too kindly to having his opinion stifled and didn't like that he was being instructed to not discuss a certain topic.
So he decided to up and leave Matty in the Morning, walking out right in the middle of it.
"They pulled the plug on me and they said you cannot talk about what you're talking about. Again, I like my boss personally. ... It's not personal. It's professional," Matty said on air.
He went on to say, "So I'm ending my portion of the radio show right now. I don't know. ... I just want to say, I love my listeners. I love you, and it's been a hell of a run, but I think it's coming to an end."
Some listeners have uploaded audio (although it's admittedly not of the best quality) of what Matty apparently said after he was told not to discuss Demi's announcement.
So does that mean Matty has quit his show on Kiss 108? Not at all.
Almost immediately after the incident, he told Boston.com he thinks that he's probably going to continue working with the station. "There’s no ill feeling between me and my boss or me and my company, none. They’re doing their jobs. I get it. They got a lot of heat this morning, people complaining about things I said on the air. He doesn’t want me to be fired. His heart was in the right place."
He's gone on to say that he thinks "cooler heads will prevail," according to NBC Boston and it seems like they did. The Boston Globe reports that Matty has indeed return to local airwaves. "I'm here. Good morning," Matty said on his show on Thursday, May 20.
"I was on a roll, and I haven’t been on a roll in a long time," Matty said about his commentary on Lovato's gender announcement.
He said that he felt "like the old Matty on the air. And that's when [he] got the call [from upper management] and [he] just snapped." The long-time radio show host said that it was at that moment that he felt like he just couldn't be there anymore, which is why he got up to leave.
However, he reportedly repeated some of his statements about Lovato live on air during his Thursday return to the broadcast.
"Somebody has to say this is ridiculous, you know. And the company was like, ‘What? You can’t talk about that.' It’s like somebody has to say ‘Are you kidding? Like life’s not complicated enough. Now you’re telling young people they don’t know what they are. I say, please. You know what I’m saying?'" Matty said.
Matty said that a big impetus in his decision to return to the air was his wife, whom he spoke to "at length." According to Matty, she reportedly told him, "You’re not ending your career over [bleeping] Demi Lovato."
He also addressed rumors that it was a "radio" stunt, saying, "It was no radio stunt. If you were looking at my eyes when [I walked off], I wanted to quit. Some people thought it was a gag. It’s not a gag."
For Matty, his interest in his broadcast career pertains to exercising his First Amendment Rights. He said, "We live in a world where you can’t say what you want, and I’m not talking about swearing, but in traditional radio boundaries if I can’t say what I’m thinking I don’t want to do it anymore."
Siegel also said he faced the same threats from the network when he was criticizing President Donald Trump.
"They pulled the plug on me and they said, 'You cannot talk about what you’re talking about. If I’m left-wing and I go anti-Trump, I get in trouble, and today I was anti-wokeness and I can’t do that," he continued.
A lot of folks who aren't big fans of Matty hopped online to offer their opinion on the situation and many stated that they didn't like the fact that Matty was apparently "bullying" Demi Lovato.
Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, deputy executive director for the National Center for Transgender Equality wrote in response to Matty's jokes about the pop star, "When a prominent person such as Demi Lovato shares their story, it matters. It tells other non-binary folks that they are not alone. Lovato and other non-binary and trans people are worthy of respect. We are not jokes or punchlines. We’re your neighbors, your co-workers, friends, and family members."