Signing Off: J. Anthony Brown Departs Tom Joyner Morning Show 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

J. Anthony Brown

J. Anthony Brown

“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.

J. Anthony Brown, Sybil Wilkes Tom Joyner

J. Anthony Brown, Sybil Wilkes & Tom Joyner

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.

J. Anthony Brown

J. Anthony Brown

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.

Reach Media, the syndicated division of Radio One, has sent out a statement regarding the Brown’s departure from the show.tom_joyner_morning_show12

“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.”


  1. Gale G. 28 November, 2016 at 14:48 Reply

    I am so sorry to hear of J. Anthony Brown leaving the TJMS. I know he will be missed. Unfortunately for the DC area, the TJMS has been gone for a while now. It was moved from an FM station to an AM station that could hardly be heard. I have missed listening to them in the mornings on the way to work. They helped start my day with a laugh and good information. They also helped my day when they helped students continue their education by receiving funds from the Tom Joyner Foundation and by recognizing a “School of the Month”. I wish Mr. Brown continued success and thanks for the memories.

    • Herbert Ridgely 5 December, 2016 at 06:39 Reply

      It is untinkable, crass and a downright shame, the way the departure of J Anthony Brown was handed. Loyal listeners of the show deserve better better than this.

  2. Jamson 6 December, 2016 at 06:23 Reply

    I was so sad to hear the news of Jays departure from the TJMS. He will truly be missed. Tom I love your show but this seems to be a pattern with your show and former members of your show that departs without giving the audience a chance to say goodbye. I think that’s something you should change.
    Best wishes to Jay and continued success

  3. Sandra Patterson 12 December, 2016 at 12:24 Reply

    I thought perhaps J was on vacation so I Google to see if he was so unexpected his departure. I know this has been hard on Tom, Sybil and all as it is for us. After 20 years he is truly missed.

  4. karen 15 December, 2016 at 18:24 Reply

    I think it’s do sad thing didn’t work out I’ve been a listing every morning in my car now at work for the past 18 years.

  5. Roger 19 December, 2016 at 22:19 Reply

    I travel all over the country and sadly the Tom Joyner show is slowly DYING. WASHINGTON DC it’s on an AM station, non-existing in Dallas his mainstay Red Velveto Studio . Tom stay in Miami and takes vacations all the time, and I can never get the show on his app. Losing J. Anthony is the “Handwriting on the Wall. And it’s sad because the show was BLACKNESS. GOODBYE TJMS.

  6. Pat 20 December, 2016 at 10:12 Reply

    Will truly miss J on the TJMS. He and his jokes were one of the highlights of my morning.
    Once I found out I can stream the show, that’s what I’ve been doing. AM radio reception is really bad. The good news for the Buffalo area is that in about 40 days, we’ll be able to listen to the show on FM.

  7. B smith 9 February, 2017 at 08:41 Reply

    The show isn’t the same. All the people needed to fill J Anthony’s spot will attest to that. The new people are giving their all and maybe they will grow on me!!!

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