Univision’s abrupt decision to pull the plug on long-time syndicated radio show, “Piolín por la Mañana,” stems from alleged sexual harassment, reported The Los Angeles Times.
Writer, producer and performer for the radio program Alberto “Beto” Cortez claims his famous boss, Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo, was “physically, sexually and emotionally harassing” him for a three-year period ending last January, reported The LA Times.
The sexual harassment accusation was made in an April 16 letter from Cortez’ attorney Robert R. Clayton to executives Roberto Llamas and José Valle of Univision Communications Inc., said a LA Times article.
“In addition to the claim of sexual harassment, Cortez alleged that Sotelo ordered members of his radio production team to falsify letters in support of a high-profile campaign for congressional immigration reform, an issue that Sotelo championed on his program,” wrote The LA Times.
According to documents obtained by the Los Angeles publication, Cortez claimed that Sotelo continually made aggressive and unwanted sexual advances. These included grabbing Cortez’s buttocks and genitals.
Cortez further alleged that Sotelo taunted him during staff meetings, “calling him by a derogatory term for a homosexual, and telling him to say that he was gay,” wrote the LA Times. Sotelo also asked vulgar questions about Cortez’s girlfriend, according to the documents obtained by the publication.
A Univision spokesperson told VOXXI that it would not be commenting on the allegations surrounding the cancellation of “Piolín por la Mañana” and uncovered by The LA Times.
Univision canceled the syndicated radio show on July 22 after a 10-year run.
“Sotelo and Univision have agreed to part company,” a press release by the network said. The “Piolín por la Mañana” radio personality, born in born in Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico had become a fixture in the southwest for his continuing support of immigration reform.
“It’s been a great run with Univision,” he said in a joint statement with the network.
Piolín was recently elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame. His show was syndicated nationally on over 50 stations.
Following Univision’s decision to cancel “Piolín por la Mañana”, immediate speculation surfaced that it may have been because the show was being eclipsed by other competing programs in the Spanish-language market in the Los Angeles area.
Reed Johnson of LA Times cited as example Ricardo “El Mandril” Sánchez’s program of regional Mexican music.
Last month the program “leap-frogged into the No. 1 spot in the L.A.-Orange County market, according to Arbitron,” wrote Johnson.
When asked by VOXXI whether “Piolín por la Mañana” was cancelled because a dip in ratings, Mercedes Rosemary, a spokesperson for Univision, said it wouldn’t offer further comments other than the ones in the official press release.