Several local news outlets in New Orleans are reporting that Entercom fired the host Thursday, according to Dunlap’s attorney. The company believes Dunlap sent a homophobic tweet to himself from WWL’s Twitter account in an attempt to extort the company of nearly $2 million.
The incident took place back in September. Dunlap said he was taking a leave of absence several days after the tweet was made public.
According to WDSU in New Orleans Dunlap’s lawyer claims WWL asked him to resign and he refused, maintaining his innocence.
The New Orleans Police Department is investigating whether Dunlap sent the tweet in an attempt to get money from the company. Dunlap is gay.
WWL hired a digital forensic expert who concluded the tweet came from Dunlap’s cellphone.
Dunlap’s says he took a polygraph test and it showed he did not lie.
Entercom did not respond to several requests for comment over the weekend. We also reached out to Dunlap and he did not respond.