Bubba The Love Sponge’s producer and co-host Brent Hatley has quit “citing a desire to move on to greater challenges,” reports The Tampa Bay Times.
Bubba made the on-air announcement last week. “Brent feels he needs to branch out … I kinda got blindsided by it,” Bubba said on the air. “But he’s got an open door to always come back. There’s not a low road to be taken here.”
Shannon Burke has been given a one-week “tryout” as Brent’s on-air replacement. “Burke, who developed an image as a tough-talking, motorcycle riding host in Orlando, was arrested there in 2009 for an incident in which he shot his wife’s dog and the bullet grazed his wife’s head. He served more than six months in jail and was fired by Clear Channel, working at a few AM stations in Orlando before joining RadioIO,” notes The TB Times.