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Sunday, October 26, 2014

#BREAKING #HNNMedia Canadian Broadcaster #JianGomeshi FINALLY releases LONG statement on WHY he was FIRED?



He posted this lenghty statement on his Facebook page 23 mins ago and by the time I got to it, there were almost 980 comments. Fired by CBC for loving rough sex? Who doesn't love that?
Come on Chris, Chuck et al. That's his private life!!

Dear everyone,

I am writing today because I want you to be the first to know some news.

This has been the hardest time of my life. I am reeling from the loss of my father. I am in deep personal pain and worried about my mom. And now my world has been rocked by so much more.

Today, I was fired from the CBC.

For almost 8 years I have been the host of a show I co-created on CBC called Q. It has been my pride and joy. My fantastic team on Q are super-talented and have helped build something beautiful.

I have always operated on the principle of doing my best to maintain a dignity and a commitment to openness and truth, both on and off the air. I have conducted major interviews, supported Canadian talent, and spoken out loudly in my audio essays about ideas, issues, and my love for this country. All of that is available for anyone to hear or watch. I have known, of course, that not everyone always agrees with my opinions or my style, but I've never been anything but honest. I have doggedly defended the CBC and embraced public broadcasting. This is a brand I’ve been honoured to help grow.

All this has now changed.

Today I was fired from the company where I've been working for almost 14 years – stripped from my show, barred from the building and separated from my colleagues. I was given the choice to walk away quietly and to publicly suggest that this was my decision. But I am not going to do that. Because that would be untrue. Because I’ve been fired. And because I've done nothing wrong.

I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.

As friends and family of mine, you are owed the truth.

I have commenced legal proceedings against the CBC, what’s important to me is that you know what happened and why.

Forgive me if what follows may be shocking to some.

I have always been interested in a variety of activities in the bedroom but I only participate in sexual practices that are mutually agreed upon, consensual, and exciting for both partners.

About two years ago I started seeing a woman in her late 20s. Our relationship was affectionate, casual and passionate. We saw each other on and off over the period of a year and began engaging in adventurous forms of sex that included role-play, dominance and submission. We discussed our interests at length before engaging in rough sex (forms of BDSM). We talked about using safe words and regularly checked in with each other about our comfort levels. She encouraged our role-play and often was the initiator. We joked about our relations being like a mild form of Fifty Shades of Grey or a story from Lynn Coady's Giller-Prize winning book last year. I don’t wish to get into any more detail because it is truly not anyone's business what two consenting adults do. I have never discussed my private life before. Sexual preferences are a human right.

Despite a strong connection between us it became clear to me that our on-and-off dating was unlikely to grow into a larger relationship and I ended things in the beginning of this year. She was upset by this and sent me messages indicating her disappointment that I would not commit to more, and her anger that I was seeing others.

After this, in the early spring there began a campaign of harassment, vengeance and demonization against me that would lead to months of anxiety.

It came to light that a woman had begun anonymously reaching out to people that I had dated (via Facebook) to tell them she had been a victim of abusive relations with me. In other words, someone was reframing what had been an ongoing consensual relationship as something nefarious. I learned – through one of my friends who got in contact with this person – that someone had rifled through my phone on one occasion and taken down the names of any woman I had seemed to have been dating in recent years. This person had begun methodically contacting them to try to build a story against me. Increasingly, female friends and ex-girlfriends of mine told me about these attempts to smear me.

Someone also began colluding with a freelance writer who was known not to be a fan of mine and, together, they set out to try to find corroborators to build a case to defame me. She found some sympathetic ears by painting herself as a victim and turned this into a campaign. The writer boldly started contacting my friends, acquaintances and even work colleagues – all of whom came to me to tell me this was happening and all of whom recognized it as a trumped up way to attack me and undermine my reputation. Everyone contacted would ask the same question, if I had engaged in non-consensual behavior why was the place to address this the media?

The writer tried to peddle the story and, at one point, a major Canadian media publication did due diligence but never printed a story. One assumes they recognized these attempts to recast my sexual behaviour were fabrications. Still, the spectre of mud being flung onto the Internet where online outrage can demonize someone before facts can refute false allegations has been what I've had to live with.

And this leads us to today and this moment. I’ve lived with the threat that this stuff would be thrown out there to defame me. And I would sue. But it would do the reputational damage to me it was intended to do (the ex has even tried to contact me to say that she now wishes to refute any of these categorically untrue allegations). But with me bringing it to light, in the coming days you will prospectively hear about how I engage in all kinds of unsavoury aggressive acts in the bedroom. And the implication may be made that this happens non-consensually. And that will be a lie. But it will be salacious gossip in a world driven by a hunger for "scandal". And there will be those who choose to believe it and to hate me or to laugh at me. And there will be an attempt to pile on. And there will be the claim that there are a few women involved (those who colluded with my ex) in an attempt to show a "pattern of behaviour". And it will be based in lies but damage will be done. But I am telling you this story in the hopes that the truth will, finally, conquer all.

I have been open with the CBC about this since these categorically untrue allegations ramped up. I have never believed it was anyone's business what I do in my private affairs but I wanted my bosses to be aware that this attempt to smear me was out there. CBC has been part of the team of friends and lawyers assembled to deal with this for months. On Thursday I voluntarily showed evidence that everything I have done has been consensual. I did this in good faith and because I know, as I have always known, that I have nothing to hide. This when the CBC decided to fire me.

CBC execs confirmed that the information provided showed that there was consent. In fact, they later said to me and my team that there is no question in their minds that there has always been consent. They said they’re not concerned about the legal side. But then they said that this type of sexual behavior was unbecoming of a prominent host on the CBC. They said that I was being dismissed for "the risk of the perception that may come from a story that could come out." To recap, I am being fired in my prime from the show I love and built and threw myself into for years because of what I do in my private life.

Let me be the first to say that my tastes in the bedroom may not be palatable to some folks. They may be strange, enticing, weird, normal, or outright offensive to others. We all have our secret life. But that is my private life. That is my personal life. And no one, and certainly no employer, should have dominion over what people do consensually in their private life.

And so, with no formal allegations, no formal complaints, no complaints, not one, to the HR department at the CBC (they told us they’d done a thorough check and were satisfied), and no charges, I have lost my job based on a campaign of vengeance. Two weeks after the death of my beautiful father I have been fired from the CBC because of what I do in my private life.

I have loved the CBC. The Q team are the best group of people in the land. My colleagues and producers and on-air talent at the CBC are unparalleled in being some of the best in the business. I have always tried to be a good soldier and do a good job for my country. I am still in shock. But I am telling this story to you so the truth is heard. And to bring an end to the nightmare.

FACEBOOK COMMENTERS

  • Jenn Johnston Jian you are an amazing on air personality and the CBC loat one of its shining stars! The future is SO BRIGHT for you! Your personal preferences are yours alone and should never end up in the offices of your employers... you have a whole country behind you! Take some time to mourn your father.. then show the CBC what they lost today! #behindyou
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  • Wayne Banks Jian, my god how you must feel! What a boot to the Gut and Head CBC is "Dirty" and "Low Down" your bedroom activities should stay in the bedroom and that is it. The woman who started this is as low as life can
    produce, she did her talking to deliberately cause trouble with a high profile CBC Star. Jian keep your head up and get on with your life and Rule the Air Waves.
    4 mins · Like
  • Susan Wengle keep up the good fight, Jian! shame on the CBC for not supporting you until this bs blows over. hang in there!!
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  • Susan McNeill Mundy I am so sorry to hear this. You are a master interviewer and CBC are fools to fire you!! I have always enjoyed your show and will miss your captivating voice and laughter. Non of their business what you do in the privacy of you own home!! Shame on them!!! I wish you the best of luck in your career. No doubt you will be employed very soon. 
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  • Celeste Lacroix You will be missed! Take care of yourself
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  • Frank Hannan It is hard to deal with this kind of thing. You may try to remember that you are not what other people think of you (very hard for a public figure). Focus on and think about the positive in your life. It is difficult not to pick at a scab (or stare at a gaping wound) but you will never heal if you do. Wishing you the best.
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  • Lois Hicks-Wozniak I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing, your loss of career and now, loss of dignity in having to reveal something so personal that deserves to remain private. You are nothing but a class act, Jian Ghomeshi. Stay strong for your family, especially your mother. NPR, I hope you're paying attention. You'll be back on our radio dials in no time.
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  • Rowena Courtney Williams Hire this man back .,, his personal life is none if our business.,, the wrath of a jilted woman can do this to him .., shame on CBC ... As if they are all so perfect there.,,,
    4 mins · Like
  • Bernice Arbour Sorry to hear, be strong and take the high road.
    4 mins · Like
  • Deborah Cryderman To paraphrase Pierre Trudeau: There's no place for *employers* in the bedrooms of the nation.
    4 mins · Like
  • Nichole Olson Jian, fuck then for what they did. It's illegal and it's disgusting. I'm sorry you felt the need to tell us things that are none of our business. Abusers lose power when you tell others about the abuse. I hope you can get another, better show. Please take care, and grieve your father in Peace. Xx
    4 mins · Like
  • Mike Chwalek You are amazing.. You got fucked by the CBC..Shame on you CBC
    4 mins · Like
  • R Bruce Campbell Very sad, I loved your show.
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  • Debbie Climans To the women who have started this ... Karma is a bitch ... and their day will come. TRUST.
    4 mins · Like
  • Elizabeth Agius Sent my thoughts to CBC Radio... please do the same.http://www.cbc.ca/q/contact/success/index.html
    Your e-mail has been submitted. Thanks for your input.
    CBC.CA
    4 mins · Like
  • Patti Hammond Berger I wish you nothing but peace. -x-
    4 mins · Like
  • Deborah A. Sabin Social media strikes again. I hope the truth wins out and that all is made right.
    4 mins · Like
  • Carolyn Ingram @ Cheryl Garrett...you got it...
    4 mins · Like
  • David Johnson Right ... understood ... non issue for me.
    Private is private, and if CBC cant stand the concept of 'perception', then its their loss. Sue hard, then move on. 
    You have the support of listeners, and Canada in general. Thanks for the truth, thats all we will ever ask for.
    4 mins · Like
  • Lata Kumar start your own business or on air studio. god bless
    4 mins · Like
  • Matt Troy you are a public figure. you do not have a private life. when you fuck ordinary people, expect your power to come into play - keep it in your pants!
    4 mins · Like
  • Tara Moreiko What you do in your private life is private! Shame on the organizations and people taking the easy and quick way out
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  • Mamo Tibebu Jian you will be truly missed, remember, things happen for a reason, maybe some great things are on their way. Chin up my brother.
    4 mins · Like
  • Dawn Cuthill Thank you Jian. Strength to you. And hope. And love.
    4 mins · Like
  • Regina Wallace Thank you for your honesty. I am truly sorry that this is happening. Prayers to you and to your Mother.
    4 mins · Like
  • Nigel Brown Another bright light gone from CBC...
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  • Tracy Burns I am very sorry for what you are going through. I do believe that one's personal life should be as private as one wishes to have it. Honestly!! It is as though the CBC WANTS to self-destruct...you and your show are one of the few reasons I even listen ...See More
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  • Roger Larry Stay strong and best wishes!
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  • Rosemary Boyle TMI Jian....what's her side?
    4 mins · Like
  • Linda Brown This is very disappointing, #CBC.
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  • Don Mitchell P.T. famously stated that the state has no place in the bedroom. Have always enjoyed the show, look forward to following your future endeavours.
    4 mins · Like
  • Melissa Ann Lively You will live on just fine and remember the Internet is more powerful today then 14 yrs.old ago use it and keep on telling the truth on there.
    4 mins · Like
  • Sheri White MacFadyen You will win.
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  • Lori Little Your audience will follow you wherever you end up. You will get through this. Peace and love. Peace and love.
    4 mins · Like
  • Krissy Van Ripshiite So disappointed in CBC. I hope you prevail Jian.
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  • Silvana Metallo You really should reconsider referring to yourself as a good soldier.
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  • Maggie Brady Jian, I am 100% behind you on this. I am sorry that you felt you needed to disclose as much as you have - it is entirely your business. I'm proud that my former law firm is representing you and I wish you well.
    4 mins · Like
  • Gou Noborio my prayer and thoughts are with you. going miss your voice this week.
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  • Kaye Gilligan Id totally expect this in the USA but not Canada! Awful for you. At best it will s t r e t c h you, (never comfortable) then you'll grow. But goodness to have everyone poking their noses in and making something private and special so SORDID is horrid for you. Sorry for you stranger, fare well through this.
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  • Pam MacLaren Smith This post could not have been easy to write. None of us have the right to enter your bedroom and consensual behaviour certainly shouldn't follow you to your workplace or into the public. I hope the truth does set you free...
    4 mins · Like
  • Carolyn Abrams Thank you for your honesty. I will miss you so much. Please take care and may peace be with you.
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  • Mary Macdonald Counting the likes and shares sorta like counting the ballots eh Jian? Let's 'count' on Canadians having a solid sense of what is private. Looks like a lot of folks get it.
    4 mins · Like
  • Monique Cashin Shame on the CBC. This is not fair. You are an amazing host and interviewer. The rest is your business. Good luck with the lawsuit!
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  • Paul G. CBC is losing a great personality in you Jian. I wish you well on whatever new and exciting venture you embark on. My favorite interview I saw/heard you do was with one of my idols a few years ago..Robert Ballard. I am sorry you are going through so much at one time. Stay strong!
    4 mins · Like
  • Majid 'Mach' Hashimoto You'll be alright. We have your back Jian. Whatever you need.
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  • Thomas McCue Jian. I hope you are asking your lawyer if you can post these things. Listen to him/her.
    4 mins · Like
  • Pamela Nowlin Thank god a lot of us aren't puritans!!!! I think that you're sooo awesome and inspiring. And thoughtful and deep as an interviewer. The cbc sucks! There's a lot more out there that's more independent these days this will pass....
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