Vic Faust, ex-Detroit TV anchor, hurls insults at co-host in St. Louis – Detroit Free Press

Vic Faust, ex-Detroit TV anchor, hurls insults at co-host in St. Louis – Detroit Free Press

Former WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) anchor Vic Faust is making news in his current on-air home of St. Louis, but not the kind a media figure would want.
Faust aimed an off-the-air tirade at the woman who co-hosts his morning-drive radio show in the city. In his profanity-laden remarks, he spent about four minutes verbally insulting Crystal Cooper, according to a report on Monday by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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A recording of the rant was sent anonymously to the newspaper.
Faust’s verbal meltdown happened Sept. 13 near the end of his 8-10 a.m. shift at hard-rock station KFNS (100.7 FM), where he is a weekday host.
According to the Post-Dispatch, Faust and Cooper were “engaging in an uncomfortable exchange after Faust had become irked by Cooper’s criticism of his computer skills, something that had come up on a previous show.” On the air, he called her a liar and said she was stupid for bringing up a topic he considered dumb.
Off the air, Faust lashed out with obscenities, calling her fat and nasty and repeatedly “using “a curse word most commonly directed at women,” as the paper delicately put it.
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Said Faust on the recording, which contained several other demeaning remarks, “You’re a (expletive) mom, you don’t even know the topics we’re talking about. You’re just stupid.”
He also told Cooper not to return to the radio show. According to her Facebook page, she left her job at the station that same day.
Faust was born in the St. Louis region and grew up there. He graduated from the University of Missouri, which he attended on a football scholarship. He has worked in both radio and television and launched his TV career in 1998.
Prior to returning home to St. Louis, he had stints at two TV stations in Missouri, one in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and at WXYZ in Detroit, where he spent 11 years. He started at WXYZ in 2004 and was  a sports reporter and anchor before moving to the news desk.
In 2015, he left the Motor City (where he was anchoring Channel 7’s morning and noon news at the time) to become a news anchor at KTVI, the St. Louis Fox affiliate, where he anchors the 5 and 9 p.m. newscasts.
Although Faust confirmed Monday to the Post-Dispatch that the confrontation happened, he didn’t comment further than to say there was “background” to what happened.
On Tuesday, the newspaper reported that the managers at KTVI were refusing to comment on Faust’s status at the TV station. It also reported that his radio show seems to be on hold.
.Contact Detroit Free Press pop culture critic Julie Hinds at [email protected]

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