Los Angeles radio personality Big Boy is being sued by Emmis Radio after leaving his longtime post at Power 106 LA for iHeartMedia.
Emmis is suing the on-air personality (real name: Kurt Alexander) for $5 million, citing breach of contract, and is asking a judge to block the move.
The company claims they paid Big Boy $1.45 million a year, plus bonuses and a car, up until the contract expired on Jan. 16. At that time, he brought an offer from iHeart to Emmis, which was for $3.5 million plus other royalties and perks, including the use of a private jet (reports TMZ).
Emmis claims they had 60 days to match the offer, as he contract states. However, he decided to leave anyway… and now, they are suing.
“Big Boy has been a beloved member of the Emmis family for more than two decades, and we are particularly dismayed by his breach after we agreed to meet the iHeart terms,” Emmis Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Smulyan said in a statement. “I am personally saddened by his actions and the impact they will have on our brand and our people.”
Big Boy addressed the lawsuit on Instagram, saying he will speak on the situation in due time.
“When I can speak, I will speak to YOU. I’m crushed and I do care for you guys. Y’all have shown me so much love and I respect throughout the years. We have grown together. Many of you were there when my Mom died, when my babies were born, my marriage, my FAT days, my health scare, just everything. We have laughed and cried together. My LOVE for you isn’t just words or ratings. This is bigger than a radio logo. You’re my Family. I NEED y’all to survive and be happy. I’m hurt. I’ll be able to tell the real….soon.”