AlwaysAList.com has learned exclusively that veteran comic J. Anthony Brown has officially departed the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” Brown’s exit from the nationally syndicated radio program ends a 20-year run working opposite “The Fly Jock” Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes.
Though he was originally scheduled to work through Wednesday, Nov. 30, he will not appear for his last three days on the program and will not have a chance to say goodbye to listeners.
The Columbia, South Carolina-bred comedian shared his parting words with AlwaysAList.com.
“I want to thank all the listeners and fans for embracing me for more than 20 years on the ‘Tom Joyner Morning Show.’
You were a captive audience, and your support and feedback encouraged me to be a better comic and a better social commentator, reflecting the world around us,” said Brown.
After two decades of working with Joyner, Wilkes and the other personalities that have appeared on the show, Brown offered expressions to them as well.
“I am eternally grateful to Tom Joyner and the morning crew for the years of friendship and laughs, in sickness and in health. I thank you for the opportunity to showcase my talents, and allowing me to have a voice on morning radio,” he stated.
His unique laugh, quick-witted banter and various comedic skits were a true asset to Joyner’s morning show. From his catchphrase “Watch Out Deh Now” to his song parodies, “Murdered Hits;” Brown was a show staple and key component to the show’s growth and success throughout the years.
In January of this year, listeners may recall that Brown walked off the show and attempted to quit due to some behind the scenes conflicts at the show. This issue was resolved and Brown returned to the show a short time thereafter.
In addition to touring as a standup comic and running his J. Spot Comedy Club in Los Angeles, Brown is also an actor who recently starred on the TV One sitcom “The Rickey Smiley Show.”
He’s also appeared on shows like “Moesha,” “Living Single” and “The Parkers;” as well as in films like “Drumline,” “Mr. 3000” and “How To Be A Player.”
In 2015, Brown launched his own weekend syndicated radio program called “The J. Anthony Brown Radio Show.” A re-launch of that radio program is slated for 2017.
“J. Anthony Brown has been a great contributor and a part of the Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) family for many years. J’s current contract was set to expire at the end of 2016. J requested to be released from his contract a month early, and we agreed to his request. We appreciate all that J has done for the TJMS and wish him the best in the future,” it read.
No replacement for Brown has been made by Reach Media, however they did offer: “To continue the excellence in entertainment that the TJMS is known for, the show will feature top, live comedic and celebrity talent to serve as co-hosts on a rotating basis until a permanent decision is made.”