Fez Whatley Announces Retirement From Radio, End to Ron and Fez Show


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The Show has done it again.  They’ve left their listeners wondering, is it or isn’t it real?

Yesterday on April 1, 2015 on the Ron and Fez Show,  started the show with the shocking announcement. “The Ron and Fez Show is coming to an end. Friday will be our last show. It’s something that Fez and I have been talking about for awhile, and it’s been a long long run for us.”

then made the announcement that he is retiring from radio, and that Friday April 3rd would not only be his last day on the air, but would also be the last day of the Ron and Fez Show. A tearful Fez told the audience, “I am retiring from radio. Not just radio, but the most important thing ever in my life, the Ron and Fez Show.” Fez has been one half of the Ron and Fez show for the past 17 years and prior to the inception of Ron and Fez, was a producer on the Ron and Ron show in Tampa, Florida. Fez has been suffering for the past ten years from a number of health problems, both physical and emotional, including multiple heart attacks, stents, anxiety and depression, which have made doing his job a daily struggle for him, prompting the decision to step down.

Because of the date of the announcement and the history of the Ron and Fez Show, some callers and fans on Twitter and Reddit questioned whether the announcement was an April Fool’s joke, while other fans reached out to the show to express sadness and good wishes for the radio team who have always felt like family to many listeners. But if the announcement is real, there will be a week of “Best of” shows airing after the show wraps, and then Fez will be returning to Florida to live with his family. He will not be returning to radio. As he put it, “I’m retiring, this isn’t just taking some time off, or going away for awhile. It’s calling it a day on my radio career.” Whatley thanked the audience, and especially Bennington for all the years over the run of the show:

“When I walked into that comedy club so many years ago, I didn’t know that night how much it was going to change my life and what a wonderful experience it was going to be after I met Ron. Doing this show and being able to do radio this long has been great but getting to do it with Ronnie has meant the world to me. It has meant absolutely everything and that night I met you, two people couldn’t have been more opposite and yet kindred spirits, and you were the one who saw that. And I just thank you for everything, absolutely. You’ve been my friend, my partner, my brother, and you’ve obviously been my magic genie because you made every one of my wishes come true in this business. Thank you. So Friday will be my last show in radio. Thank you everybody.”

Bennington didn’t talk much about his plans after the show wraps on Friday other than to say that there is no definite plan in place right now, but he hinted that there were possibilities being discussed.

The Ron and Fez Show has aired on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog Comedy Hits channel for the past 15 months. Prior to that, the show had been airing on the Opie and Anthony Channel since the show came to XM Satellite Radio in 2005. Before joining Satellite Radio the show had a long history that included New York’s WNEW, Free-FM, Washington D.C.’s WJFK, and WKRO where Ron and Fez got their start on August 24, 1998.

You can listen to the entire incredibly emotional episode, on SiriusXM On Demand, but here’s a clip.

Twitter wasn’t sure what to believe about the April 1 announcement.

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186 Comments

  1. FLpro

    April 1, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    APRIL FOOLS!!!

  2. Chrispy4x16

    April 1, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Wait…Fez isn’t retired already?

  3. TripleSLegend

    April 1, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I really hope this is an April Fool’s Joke…

  4. kevgret

    April 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    APRIL FALLS!!!!

  5. BunnyKickButt

    April 1, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    I didn’t expect to, but these heart felt words on Fez’s retirement actually made me cry. I hope I can get it together because I have a carnival to go to later.

  6. floppy_kawki

    April 1, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    TripleSLegend Eat chit fuk hol

  7. RoddBanger

    April 1, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Never going to happen – at least Fez didn’t have to ‘act’ like he was upset….

  8. floppy_kawki

    April 1, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    You azz holes even read this to see the hidden message?

  9. TripleSLegend

    April 1, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    floppy_kawki really? How about you spell correctly and be an adult…

  10. TripleSLegend

    April 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    BunnyKickButt Still hold hope this is an April fools…

  11. sodaman

    April 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Tell us…im busy…

  12. floppy_kawki

    April 1, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    TripleSLegend floppy_kawki Really! dik

  13. floppy_kawki

    April 1, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    sodaman read it yourself ghetto blaster

  14. DJ Weed Pizza

    April 1, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Your career has been over for years and you’ve continued to suck Ron and others into a void of self-involved shit. But hey, I guess it’s funny to acknowledge no one wants you around.

  15. kdubya8

    April 1, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Is the joke that he is retiring or is the joke by doing it on April 1st everyone will think it’s a joke when in fact it is true.

  16. DeathProof

    April 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    #AprilFez
    The article above is just a copy pasta from Wikipedia’s entry on beachcombing.

  17. HollyGothic

    April 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Fez is retiring in order to be the best damn beachcomber in the known universe. Rock on, Fez Watley.

  18. DeathProof

    April 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    floppy_kawki sodaman He’s trollin’ dog

  19. BunnyKickButt

    April 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    kdubya8 Inceptioning that shit!

  20. sodaman

    April 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    What if his metal detector locks up?…

  21. BunnyKickButt

    April 1, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    What Fez really needs is a MENTAL detector. Am I right???

  22. sodaman

    April 1, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I thought WE were detectors…

  23. FLpro

    April 1, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    We’re all Rubes! Lol

  24. sodaman

    April 1, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I dont think this is a work because Fez cried…oh thats right…

  25. Badmotherrucker

    April 1, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Now Fez has until Friday to buy everyone 28 dinners.

  26. milesahead22

    April 1, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    April Fools bitches

  27. aixnj

    April 1, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Worse april fools ever…

  28. MillieHatchett

    April 1, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    kdubya8 whoa…..Mind. Blown.

  29. MillieHatchett

    April 1, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    when are they going to announce that Mayor Mennino died?

  30. kdubya8

    April 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Did Ron just start saying “Man they bought it” when they went to break?

    Again was it a fuck up, or done of purpose to through us off yet again

  31. JonnyBooze

    April 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    This is the worst bit ever.  Painful and it will go on until they get back from their planned “Easter” break.  This is sad because they are better than that.  I can Hicks fucking blow is nose and clear his throat before he gets on mic.  If he were ever going corporate we’d all just short the stock and get rich.  Please make this stop…

  32. Party at the Moon Tower

    April 1, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    beachrolled!

  33. EricStrait

    April 1, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    kdubya8 i heard it

  34. Stoops

    April 1, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    In the middle of the 182nd line it says “april fools.”

  35. MerrimackDave

    April 1, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    and they are vacation next week, how convenient!!!!

  36. CarlaFinch

    April 1, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    BunnyKickButt the batteries would run down before it worked!!

  37. CarlaFinch

    April 1, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    BunnyKickButt I want some cotton candy!!!!!!!!!!

  38. GaMarsh

    April 1, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    can’t wait for the Ron and Todd show starting April 13th.

  39. Aria Taint Bennington

    April 1, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    What are you going to tell us next, Col Henry Blake’s plane spun in over the sea of Japan?

  40. Centaur 5000

    April 1, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I really hope this isn’t an April Fool’s gag. Good Riddance!

  41. shortbusdriver

    April 1, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Didn’t they post the John Oliver pledge? I was happy for a split second.

  42. the jerm

    April 1, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    This is real people!  I have a friend who works for Sirius that told me Fez Whatley and Anthony Cumia are teaming up to host a daytime talk show on BET.  True story.

  43. Timmah

    April 1, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    the jerm It’s true.  Jason Nash is directing.

  44. Centaur 5000

    April 1, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    It has to be true. I read it on the Interwebs.

  45. Timmah

    April 1, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Instead of the beachcombing article, they should have just put a picture of the blue dress.

  46. fezsdinnertray

    April 1, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    thank fucking Christ.  Along with everyone else who listens, we can only hope this is true.
    Ron and (fill in the blank) always do a better show than ron and Fez. ron has to carry the show, fez shuts down, eventually ron gets around to talking to fez about his problems, then fez perks up because people are talking about him.
    As they said on the doc “Bully,”  “if they didn’t tease me, nobody would pay attention to me”
    #RonAndChris #RonAndJason #RonAndBigJ #RonAndANYONE

  47. fezsdinnertray

    April 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Anyone remember The Midnight Rider?

  48. CakehornJr

    April 1, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Centaur 5000 Fuck off.

  49. MKEMike

    April 1, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    A long April Fool’s Day and there’s reason to believeMaybe this week will really be Fez’s last
    I can’t remember the last thing that he said he was leavin’
    Now maybe he’ll get the nerve to tap that ass

  50. Centaur 5000

    April 1, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    CakehornJr FUCK ALL YOU I-BANG RESPONDERS!

  51. Aria Taint Bennington

    April 1, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I found out who Ronny consulted with:

    http://oi44.tinypic.com/xtusn.jpg

  52. Bill Glass

    April 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Whatever. It’s Lady Di’s birthday. Have a Natty Ice!

  53. sodaman

    April 1, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Where did you get a picture of my inlaws last Easter get together?…

  54. Juniorsampled

    April 1, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Best LEAVE read EVER!  April Fools or the bit has finally paid off, your choice.

  55. justobe09

    April 1, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Hello there, my old friend
    Not so long ago it was til the end
    We played outside in the pouring rain
    On our way up the road we started over again
    You’re living our dream oh you on top
    my mind is aching,’ Lord it won’t stop
    That’s how it happens living life by the drop
    Up and down the road in our worn down shoes
    Talking about good things and singing the blues
    you went your way and I stayed behind
    We both knew it was just a matter of time
    You’re living our dream oh you on top
    my mind is aching,’ Lord it won’t stop
    That’s how it happens living life by the drop
    No wasted time, we’re alive today
    Churning up the past, there’s no easier way
    Time’s been between us, a means to an end
    God it’s good to be here walking together my friend
    We’re living our dreams
    my mind’s stopped aching,’
    That’s how it happened living life by the drop
    That’s how it happened living life by the drop
    That’s how it happened living life by the drop

  56. johnnybizarre

    April 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Don’t to have to WORK, before you retire?

  57. fezsdinnertray

    April 1, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Someone updated Fez’s Wiki page

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fez_Whatley#Radio_career

  58. rexdart936

    April 1, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    i never thought a detailed retrospective of fez’s career could make me weep so deeply. pretty clear that earl wrote it. who knew he loved white folk so much. like nigger jim and his endless love for tom sawyer.

  59. Guilty Bystander

    April 1, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    What will happen to the Whatley posse? They’re ronin now.

  60. AnthonyLoman

    April 1, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Can this be real?! Can we have the Ron and Big Jay show now ? Please!!!!!

  61. galactictraveler

    April 1, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I wish it was April 2nd .

  62. jmbramblings

    April 1, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    AnthonyLoman Big Jay is awful. A needy no talent.

  63. Badger1225

    April 1, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    “From your mouth to God’s ear…mustache.”

  64. cal5000

    April 1, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Without a “Your mom’s box”–I wont believe it.

  65. VirtuaMcPolygon

    April 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    If you believe this April fools then shame on you 🙂 Fez may retire the fake name Fez for a while then bring it back. 

    It was really good to hear Ron shoot the sh*t with hicks today. I had forgot how much i missed those two doing radio together 🙁

  66. clown baby

    April 1, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Shit, I just realized what the date is. Fuck.

  67. clown baby

    April 1, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    What a long December.

  68. 10adp

    April 1, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    And in other news, radio station WAAF  is reporting the Mayor of Boston was killed in an automobile accident today…

  69. Haunter609

    April 1, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Wherever Ron ends up, I hope that Fez calls in, the day after his Mother walks in on Todd putting a soup can up some twinks ass on a tilted couch. That will be good radio…..

  70. Timmah

    April 1, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Aria Taint I knew it… Pepper is a bearded lady!

  71. Captain Geech

    April 1, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Fez “retired” from radio 10 years ago. fuck off Todd.

  72. steve88

    April 1, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    shit article, no respect for a radio legend, even tho he hasnt deserved it the past few years. NAAAT FUNNY

  73. DelCoTrash

    April 1, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    AnthonyLoman with hicks producing, it’ll be the most agreeable show on the air

  74. Dwayne Hoover

    April 1, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Jesus Christ, I’m a patsy wearing a carnation. Just came across Audible a few minutes ago. I’m hanging on every word.

  75. Dwayne Hoover

    April 1, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    MillieHatchett kdubya8  Cue paranoid Keanu meme.

  76. Badger1225

    April 1, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Damn I missed Hicks.

  77. Dwayne Hoover

    April 1, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Me too. Sometimes I would listen to the shows without him, and fill my mouth with marbles and cough. Pretend he was there.

  78. Dwayne Hoover

    April 1, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Peppy needs to work on his acting chops though.

  79. Senor_Moneyshot1

    April 1, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Starting tomorrow – Ron and Toddyboy

    Unfortunately Fez won’t retire.  Ever.

  80. sonofsanford

    April 1, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Too bad it’s a joke Fez will keep stomping on the shows corpse

  81. Purple Guy

    April 1, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Fez Retiring is like when my uncle, (who has been unemployed for the last 2 years) announced he was going on vacation.

  82. Horse Whisperer

    April 1, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuck

  83. check engine lite

    April 1, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    it’s not the “here we go AGAIN” part – it’s the … no wait, it IS the here we go AGAIN part –
    fuck, i just want to be able hear Ron and people that FUCKING care about being smart, funny, entertaining or dare i say enlightening. 
             I’ve only heard this show on XM (albeit 10 YEARS) and never NOT once has FEZ been anything but a distraction, annoyance or a DRAIN – he should have quit years ago. Ron is brilliant and for Fez to chase out any talented guest, friend or interesting person because he’s feeling fucking WHATEVER is just shitty and selfish.
             I have a bad feeling Fez will be going nowhere and I am bummed the fuck out.
                 Just let Ron FLOW.

  84. AnthonyLoman

    April 2, 2015 at 12:15 am

    DelCoTrash AnthonyLoman Uh so I thought this was a hacky April fools gag. Just listened to the show on Audible. So long fez. Tap that old man ass in Florida. Ron please stay on the air and keep an eye on the centaur. Join O&J and make my dreams come true.

  85. MariaPenguini

    April 2, 2015 at 12:40 am

    total work, initially in the show fez says he told no one down the
    hall nor anyone else then corporate chris comes in and said he signed up
    for ron and fex and nothing else…and that the bosses gave him a
    choice

    these gimmicks are of fez’s making and are really lame and the show gets degraded even further especially with poor writing and show prep

    April falls

  86. MariaPenguini

    April 2, 2015 at 12:41 am

    sodaman the only thing the detector will find is his stents

  87. MariaPenguini

    April 2, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Timmah the jerm denny falcone is the house band director

  88. MariaPenguini

    April 2, 2015 at 12:45 am

    GaMarsh or the bandit

  89. MariaPenguini

    April 2, 2015 at 12:48 am

    @fezsdinnertray I remember the Bandit

  90. MariaPenguini

    April 2, 2015 at 12:49 am

    I WONDER WHO WILL DO THE HOSTING AT THE ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME CEREMONY FEZZY WAS TO HOST

  91. FERREL

    April 2, 2015 at 12:52 am

    APRIL FOOLS! !!!!!
    YOU’RE ALL RUBES

  92. FERREL

    April 2, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Know Why Shelby Didn’t Speak,
    He’ll Come In and Take a SHIT
    The Bit Is Over

  93. vegasbob1975

    April 2, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Fake so Fake

  94. ramseph

    April 2, 2015 at 6:08 am

    The only way that fucking leech is letting go of Ron’s neck is when is cold and lifeless…the only april’s fool is poor Ron, every time he sits in front of a mic.

  95. RickyDavis

    April 2, 2015 at 7:02 am

    So the article on beach combing has been edited and replaced with an actual synopsis of Fez leaving? Can others confirm? Is it time for me to buy Sirius again? He’s actually gone? I’m so fucking giddy right now.

  96. mascan42

    April 2, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Will he be replaced by the mysterious masked wrestler Hurricane?

  97. Albedo

    April 2, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Goodnight sweet prince.

  98. fez who_where_whatley

    April 2, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Man, Fez will do anything to get out of those 28 dinners…

  99. @Ezraizms

    April 2, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I thought my “memorial” tweet, was better than that one. :/

  100. Horse Whisperer

    April 2, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Cons and rubes, Mr. B, cons and rubes.

  101. HIMcDunnough

    April 2, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I like to type on a keyboard instead of having a conversation

  102. Dwayne Hoover

    April 2, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I think Cumia was right. I think I’m a double rube. If not, a triple rube.

  103. sodaman

    April 2, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I guess now Ron will have to go Macys for a new umbrella…

  104. Vikingdog71

    April 2, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Farewell The Ron and Fez show. Hello, The Ron and Todd Show.

  105. Captain Geech

    April 2, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Horse Whisperer Carnies and Rubes

  106. Captain Geech

    April 2, 2015 at 11:39 am

    You an’t retire from what you have destroyed. Thanks for all the misery on multiple comedy channels and can’t wait to hear you cry after vacation.

  107. dpiller21

    April 2, 2015 at 11:52 am

    hey Ron, happy and sad for you at the same time.  Good luck Fez

  108. Shaggyballz74

    April 2, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Bingo

  109. west milly tom

    April 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    It’s not a work. Fez was great for a long time. I love the show and I even met my wife at an unofficial Ron and Fez Christmas party. I thought for a long time that Fez’s mental condition was a work. It doesn’t appear to be that way. Thanks for the laughs buddays. I hope you find peace Fez.

  110. Shaggyballz74

    April 2, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I won’t believe it, till I read Fez’s obituary

  111. Docintoxicated

    April 2, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    So Shelby is already mentally unstable enough to reject the mic full time?

  112. Captain Geech

    April 2, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Did poor, poor Toddy boy ever get his favorite comedian in the studio so he could turn on him?

    Tom Bergeron is leaving his show this year also…..

  113. dpiller21

    April 2, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    @FERREL almost a haiku

  114. dpiller21

    April 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    oh and fuck that centaur bitch pepper

  115. CakehornJr

    April 2, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Docintoxicated I so hope he retires and Fez picks up the Shelby character.

  116. HollyGothic

    April 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I’ve always loved Fezzy and I’ll be sad to see him go. But something about the moving back to Florida part of this whole thing seems sketchy. . .

  117. jimmyolsenbluesIamthRealone

    April 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    THIS IS A BIT YOU FUCKING RUBES.
    RON IS A DARK HEARTED EVIL MASTER.

  118. Captain Geech

    April 2, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    jimmyolsenbluesIamthRealone here is the “I get it but you don’t guy” sup

  119. LizSetsFire

    April 2, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Dear Ron and Fez,
    I started listening to you guys way back in 2000.. 15 years ago. That’s almost half of my life!! I’ve loved being able to grow with you all these years. I can not express how thankful I am to have discovered you and how grateful I am for the years of laughter, guessing, and friendship. Some of the people I’ve met through your show are friendships that will last a lifetime. Ron, I hope you continue in some capacity. The world needs you!! Fez, I wish you nothing but the best. I truly hope you find the happiness you’ve deserve and brought me. I can’t believe my trip to the carnival is coming to an end but will never forget the ride. I love you buddies so much!!
    Seeya!

  120. Aria Taint Bennington

    April 2, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Frankie McDonald says stock up on Chinese food, and pizza this is going to be a long work.

  121. fezsdinnerdtray

    April 2, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Anyone remember last week when Ron to drop the “Fez” name?
    Everyone knows Fez is a parody of a guy man and Todd is offended by anyone that makes fun of gays. Ergo, Fez neends to go so Todd can find himself. Very inception, but whatever.

  122. Lionel Hutz Esq

    April 2, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Ron & Re-Todd

  123. JetsonsClone

    April 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I hope he opens a cabaret in florida.

  124. Timmah

    April 2, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Fez’ sign-off tomorrow should be “That’s all I had”.

  125. Aria Taint Bennington

    April 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    In a week Ron opens shower and there’s Fez..GOOD MORNING!

  126. Cletus from Brooklyn

    April 2, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Going to miss that sexy muffin.

  127. ShereeDawnCarr

    April 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    yeah….no….

  128. Jimbozales

    April 2, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    This is perhaps the least entertaining radio show I’ve ever heard.  Perhaps they have lost their edge and have finally realized it.

  129. Juniorsampled

    April 2, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Nothing like being Fez Rolled.

  130. Dwayne Hoover

    April 2, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Captain Geech jimmyolsenbluesIamthRealone  Closely related to the ” It’s only a radio / TV show people, t’s not real, why do you care” guy.

  131. Dwayne Hoover

    April 2, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    HollyGothic  His hometown is near mine. Pinellas Park is as beautiful as Vienna. The way the sun glistens off of the strip malls, pawn shops,  mobile homes, and burnt out primer gray pickup trucks up on blocks is breathtaking.So, I can understand wanting to return to such a majestic location.

  132. BadNewsJeff

    April 2, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you both for my favorite radio show.  Fez I hope you find peace in Florida, and Ron I hope to hear you on the radio again soon.  Also best of luck to the rest of the crew- Pepper, Shelby, Lappy 5000.  Enjoyed every minute of listening!

  133. HollyGothic

    April 2, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Dwayne Hoover HollyGothic I stand corrected. Apologies to Fezzy.

  134. RFGvac

    April 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Man, what a ride.  15 years have passed in the blink of an eye.  I’m eternally grateful for this show, its hosts,  and all the friendships I’ve forged through it.  

    Peace and love, buddies.

  135. PepperHicksSuckADick

    April 2, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    its a work

  136. Beer

    April 2, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Fake and gay

  137. Beer

    April 2, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Fez is…

  138. StevieCalifornia

    April 2, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    They came on the air cracking up… saying “gotcha” etc. etc., so then I relaxed like it was all bullshit.  Then they started talking about the retirement again like it wasn’t a joke.  Then before they played Chris crying again, Ron said, “our big joke yesterday about fez retiring”…

    I dont know what is real anymore………………

  139. sodaman

    April 2, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    R.I.P. FEZ…

  140. ecupirate

    April 2, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Bull Shit

  141. YotaruVegeta

    April 2, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Stay gold. See-yuh!

  142. tripleogtim

    April 2, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    If it’s real I will miss the anger and hatred that Fez was able to fire out on a moments notice. Fucking hilarious

  143. MagickSpider

    April 2, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    The greatest trick the Ron and Fez Show ever pulled was convincing the world that it no longer exists…

  144. PeteKuhn

    April 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Does it matter? It’s brilliant, as Ronnie B. & Fezzy (& Ron D.)  have been for 30 years.

  145. JetsonsClone

    April 2, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Cabaret = fez’s very own meat market to lord over. What ever would he do with himself?

  146. Timmah

    April 2, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Somewhere Andy Kaufman is giving them the slow clap.

  147. JetsonsClone

    April 2, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    I would not be suprised. i’m totally on the fence.

  148. keithj73

    April 2, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Tombstone will read. This is a work, Right Ron, Ron?

  149. Dwayne Hoover

    April 3, 2015 at 12:25 am

    @Jimbozales  Have you ever checked out a show called O&J? I think you would love it brothaman. It leaves me howling!

  150. Dwayne Hoover

    April 3, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Lionel Hutz Esq  Shelby = Wee Todd

  151. Dwayne Hoover

    April 3, 2015 at 12:42 am

    steve88  Having seen a young Fez in action here in Florida, I don’t think I would be going out on a limb, saying that he would have torn most all of the people at Sirius new assholes in his prime.

  152. Duck Meat

    April 3, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Ronnie truly is an evil genius.  Make a REAL announcement on the one day nobody will believe it.  Everyone will assume it’s an April Fools joke when it is really true.  That makes everyone who says they are not a rube and won’t be fooled a rube.  What a beautiful, twisted mind.  And if this was already said…sorry…don’t have the time to read 151 previous comments at the moment.

  153. FERREL

    April 3, 2015 at 1:52 am

    RUBES

  154. rexdart936

    April 3, 2015 at 3:48 am

    ron and fez have been the one bright spot in my 4 year fight with cancer. its hard not having family or a job or much to look forward to besides pain and more pain. at least i had the funny of ronnie b and fez to look forward to.  theres just something so wonderful about those voices and the crazy shit they would say.

    sadly, fez has decided to call it quits. i wont miss his cunty single mindedness of his struggle with his faggotry.  i will miss ronnie b, chris, shelby, the interns, that asshole earl, gurion and all those comedians he brought to my door.

    yes, its just a radio show. but i haven’t missed an episode since they lit up xm. and today is the last live show if they are to be believed.  the show has kept me laughing and the fans have helped out when i needed some money to keep the lights on. no one has been better to me than you guys and dr steve even though i’ve never met you.

    i hope the gods smile upon you and bring you peace and happiness. you gave me a little something to look forward to each day. my fight with cancer continues. and all i can do is say thank you  and wish you well. youve been my friends for so long and i just cant stand to let you go. I hope at some point to stop crying. however, i doubt that i will ever stop missing you and the show.

    if you should ever find yourselves in houston or austin texas, please consider giving me a call. if i’m still alive, i’d love to share a meal and some conversation to help pass the time. a friendly face in a strange town can make all the difference.

    ===========================================================================
    for what its worth, my advice fez, is stop beating yourself up and just be happy. my mother thought of me
    as a failure. but she didnt have to live my life–i did.  what she
    thought of me matters very little.  a little witchhazel on a gauze pad
    dabbed on those scabs on your head will help clear them up and reduce
    their itchyness. do it two times a day.

  155. rexdart936

    April 3, 2015 at 3:51 am

    JetsonsClone fez and his mother are going to open a motel in deepest, darkest florida. then it will be the greatest reality show ever.

  156. CruelCircus

    April 3, 2015 at 5:36 am

    Ron wouldn’t do it. Opie’s musical tastes alone would have him more insane than Fez ever did.

  157. YotaruVegeta

    April 3, 2015 at 8:49 am

    CruelCircus What’s so wild about Opie’s musical taste? He’s fucking 70’s-90’s mainstream rock. I actually think that he would be at odds with Jim’s taste more. You don’t hear him too excited about Jim’s top 2 bands at all.

  158. YotaruVegeta

    April 3, 2015 at 8:55 am

    CruelCircus I think that what would not be appealing to Ron would be to be a co-host, but not the lead. It doesn’t make sense to me chemistry-wise.

  159. YotaruVegeta

    April 3, 2015 at 9:04 am

    MagickSpider After farting himself awake, poof! He’s gone.

  160. JTnewsday

    April 3, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Can’t wait for the Ron & Todd Show. Retiring the Fez character, Brilliant.

  161. Captain Geech

    April 3, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Retired or not, his work load wont change.

  162. Timmah

    April 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Maybe Fez can get a job as one of those farmers they pay not to grow crops.

  163. SarcasticScndrl

    April 3, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Is anybody believing one word of this BS? True, not true, it doesn’t matter. Fez has been giving us a piss poor performance on air for the last 6-8 years. Pepper has been rehabbing his drug/alcohol dependency. Wipe the slate clean Ronnie B. and make the “Bennington Show” a full-time reality.

  164. Tim_P

    April 3, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Ron said Fez reached this decision a few months back which is about the same time Bennington first aired. Could Ron have been testing the waters to see if Bennington would work as a replacement? I hope so. It will never have the dynamic of Ron and Fez but as long as Ronnie B is on radio we’ll be just fine. Good luck, Fez. Peace.

  165. CJA408

    April 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Fez had a huge mental breakdown 3 years ago just moving off of Roosevelt Isl to The Village as well as moving down the hall to rawdog.
    FEZ does not do change. He’s not going anywhere.
    What no panic attacks this week?
    No freezing up?
    This would be the week to do it

  166. kdubya8

    April 3, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    No “your mom’s box”…

  167. WuwuwuwAl

    April 3, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Every time I tuned in fez didn’t say shit anyway. How can you have years of no talking on a radio show ….what Cary baby. See ya. Glad he’s gone. He didn’t contribute in many years anyway

  168. Albedo

    April 3, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I know it’s over, still I cling…

  169. ronniebappendix

    April 3, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    That cheap prick retired so he doesn’t have to pay off his debts.
    Still think it’s a work.

  170. Verbal Kint

    April 3, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    JTnewsday I thought the same thing.

  171. Ferfochsake

    April 3, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Your Mom’s box…

  172. RFGvac

    April 3, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I don’t think there’s a greater testament to the unique genius that is the Ron & Fez show than the fact that the majority of their fans still can’t tell what’s a work and what’s a shoot.

  173. TonyFrederick

    April 4, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I still have hope this is a work. When this story was first posted on the Ibang on April 1, the actual story had NOTHING to do with Fez retiring. I assumed it was a joke headline to get us to click on the story and when we read it, we knew we had been punked. The last 3 shows were definitely emotional and if this turns out to be another Ron and Fez prank, Hicks deserves an Academy Award. Regardless I just cant imagine not listening to the best damn radio show ever. I did see Opie’s tweet that there was a big hire coming to the Opie Channel. I assume Ron is taking A’s old seat?

  174. Dwayne Hoover

    April 4, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    RFGvac  A mystery inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma. I need a pack of Lucky’s and some eyebrows.

  175. Dwayne Hoover

    April 4, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    TonyFrederick  Just my opinion,  but why the fuck would Ron play second banana to anyone, or have a boss, when he didn’t have to? I sure the hell wouldn’t. I would let them play the shows off of my own network, I’m that kind of guy.

  176. TonyFrederick

    April 4, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Dwayne Hoover TonyFrederick Point taken but Ron loves interaction. He and Fez used to have it. You could tell that Ron was at the end of his rope with him. Perfect example of a classic love hate relationship. And just my opinion but it would be impossible for Ron to play second banana to anyone. He just wants good conversation and laughs. I dont see him as a permanent fixture over at Opies show.  I think Florentine fits in well over there as a Ant substitute. He just doesnt care enough about current events to stay interesting. Will be an interesting few weeks to see where all this shakes out. I dont see Ron out of radio and talk. He is too damn good at it. The best.

  177. ShereeDawnCarr

    April 5, 2015 at 11:19 am

    TonyFrederick If ron took ant old seat I would turn my radio back on.  that would be worth listening too.

  178. cal5000

    April 5, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    So that time Ron was laughing at Fez for doing a “performance based” contract renewal like six months ago–was a work? 

    Thats some diabolical shit.

  179. Aria Taint Bennington

    April 6, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Can anyone pin point exactly when Fez went off the rails? He seems fine when Dave and Black Earl where there. My best guess is when he came out of the closet and after that he turned into gay activist Fez and it was all down hill from there.

  180. Juniorsampled

    April 6, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Shotta bu-grey

  181. Shaggyballz74

    April 6, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Sounds like the title for his memoir

  182. Dwayne Hoover

    April 6, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    TonyFrederick Dwayne Hoover  Point taken. The shows he sits in on are pretty cool.

  183. caseypickles

    April 10, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I miss you already Fezzie!!!!!

  184. roadgnome

    April 10, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Many many miles of driving with ron and fez keeping me company, giving me friends on the highway. Im gonna miss you fez, even angry bitter fez was better than no fez at all. lots of love from roadgnome

  185. hamar_time

    April 10, 2015 at 11:56 pm


    Fez Whatley at his finest

  186. SallyHuntsBrotherMike

    April 23, 2015 at 7:15 am

    RFGvac The new show does not belong on Raw Dog Comedy channel–it is not funny.