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Clay Travis Says He Lost Jack Daniels Endorsement Over The Word ‘Confederate’

“I came out, and I said this to me is everything that is wrong with trying to wokeify our history. I disagree with it as an alum of Vanderbilt University.”

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During the nationally syndicated “Clay& Buck” show on Thursday, Clay Travis, the founder of Outkick, disclosed to his audience that he had previously lost a sponsorship deal with Jack Daniels because of his political beliefs. Travis has previously criticized advertising agencies for allowing political bias to affect their purchasing decisions, particularly on his program “Clay & Buck.”

“I sit here and think, how do we return to normalcy?” Travis said. “Nike and Bud Light are two of the biggest ad spenders ever. Nike and Bud Light would never spend money on this radio show because Buck and I are too controversial, and our opinions on this show are too controversial to be associated with beer and tennis shoes.”

Travis stated that a couple of years ago, he was scheduled to attend a paid appearance sponsored by Jack Daniels. 

“I’m not opposed to whiskey, I’m not opposed to alcohol, they reached out to me here in Nashville where I live,” he said. “They said we will pay you several thousand dollars to show up and take a couple of whiskey drinks; I was like, fine, I’ll do it.”

The week before the appearance, Travis said news broke about one of the schools Travis is an alum of, Vanderbilt University, planning to spend more than a million dollars to remove the term “Confederate” from a 19th-century building. The building was designed to honor the soldiers that fought for the Confederate Army.

“Nobody could even see it; nobody even knew that it said Confederate anymore,” he added. “I came out, and I said this to me is everything that is wrong with trying to wokeify our history. I disagree with it as an alum of Vanderbilt University.”

Travis said that when he made that statement, Jack Daniels canceled his endorsement appearance and told him they could no longer be affiliated with him.

“Just for sharing my opinion that the word ‘Confederate’ shouldn’t pay a million dollars at Vanderbilt University to have the word sandblasted off a building. I think the idea that we completely erase a historically relevant issue is a bad precedent to set.”

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Ben Shapiro: Daily Wire Forced to Paywall Portions with Dan Bongino Convo Due to YouTube Censorship Fears

The message did not accompany the podcast version of the discussion on Apple Podcasts.

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Ben Shapiro welcomed Dan Bongino to his Sunday Special episode of his Daily Wire program. While the conversation has more than 185,000 views on YouTube, the entire conversation isn’t on the platform.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had to edit out some important information because big tech won’t let us say that sort of thing,” Shapiro said as he introduced the conversation on YouTube. He then urged viewers to subscribe to DailyWire+ to ensure they received the entire conversation as intended.

The message did not accompany the podcast version of the discussion on Apple Podcasts.

Daily Wire has not been shy about its issues with YouTube in recent months. After announcing it planned to depart the platform to put its video projects exclusively on X, it reversed course and stayed on the Google-owned site. However, former host Candace Owens was suspended by the platform in September of last year. CEO Jeremy Boreing revealed last year that YouTube had lobbied 200 content violations on its hosts surrounding topics like the 2020 election and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Bongino had his own issues with YouTube in the past. Those problems led him to move his live video to Rumble, where he is now one of the platform’s largest shareholders.

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Longtime Los Angeles Talk Radio Host Tom Leykis Retiring

“I wanted to go out on my terms when I wanted. So I did.”

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Longtime Los Angeles talk radio host Tom Leykis is stepping away from his internet-based show, calling it a career.

The former KFI AM-640 host also spent time in L.A. on then KMPC 710 and also on the hot talk formatted KLSX during his long tenure in the City of Angels.

After departing KLSX in 2009, Leykis didn’t begin his podcast until 2012 but continued hosting his internet show until earlier this year. On May 15th, he decided that was it.

“A long time ago, I realized I did not want to be like some of the hosts I heard in the past — begging for callers, stretching for topics,” Leykis told the LA Daily News. “I wanted to go out on my terms when I wanted. So I did.”

The 67-year-old has not hosted a show since that date and told the Daily News he is content with his decision to ride off into the sunset.

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Longtime WLS-AM 890 Weekend Host Paul Brian Dies

“He was a legend in the industry, and he helped a lot of other people along the way, including myself.”

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Longtime WLS-AM 890 weekend host Paul Brian has died at the age of 73.

For more than 20 years, Brian hosted the automotive-focused Drive Chicago program on the Cumulus-owned news/talk outlet.

Brian died last week, according to a story from the Chicago Sun-Times.

In addition to his work at WLS, he also previously hosted a variety of programs at WGN Radio in Chicago. In recent years, he hosted a car-centric show on YouTube.

“One of his favorite lines was: ‘Always entertaining and sometimes actually informative,’” his YouTube co-host Lauren Fix told the Sun-Times. “He was a legend in the industry, and he helped a lot of other people along the way, including myself.”

Brian’s daughter joked that he had everyone’s phone number, stating he had 9,000 contacts in his cell phone at the time of his passing.

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