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A gender discrimination complaint filed with the Canadian Human Rights Commission by former Q107 co-host Jennifer Valentyne has led to the suspension of the Derringer In The Morning show.

Corus Entertainment suspended the program Tuesday over complaints that came to light in the wake of a recent video posted on Twitter by Valentyne this past weekend.

The video opened the floodgates of negative comments about well-known radio personality John Derringer from many male and female colleagues.

Valentyne never names him in the video.

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It’s Time

There is never a wrong time to do the right thing. Thank you for listening

Posted by Jennifer Valentyne on Saturday, May 21, 2022

Her video, titled, “It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing,” addresses the bullying and gender inequity she’s taken over the years in the oh-so-glamorous world of media.

She had a particularly rough ride in radio.

Some of the insults that came her way include comments on her appearance, her age and even her pregnancies.

She sat and took it for years because she needed her job, and as she says in the video, women who spoke up were often fired.

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Valentyne is best known for her 23 years on Breakfast Television with CITY-TV.

She later became co-host on Derringer In The Morning on Q107, from 2017-19.

According to what Valentyne posted, complaining about co-workers vaping in the radio studio at Q-107 helped get her bounced down to a job she didn’t want as a co-anchor with Global News Toronto.

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Since she’d been told years prior at Global that the boss didn’t consider her a serious enough journalist, Valentyne says she was pretty sure she was being moved, so they could fire her.

Media personality Jennifer Valentyne
Media personality Jennifer Valentyne Photo by Instagram /Toronto Sun

And that’s exactly what happened.

While Valentyne doesn’t name names, the public arena that is Twitter wasted no time in identifying her tormentor at Q107 as John Derringer.

Derringer had not responded to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, many other women (and men) in media have showed their support to Valentyne on social media.

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Toronto Mike (torontomike.com) wrote about the allegations against Derringer Sunday, quoting former Q107 radio personality Jacqui Delaney, who said, “Working with John Derringer was one of the things that lent itself to my leaving radio altogether,” and calling it the worst experience she had in radio.

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Delaney posted on her Facebook page, mentioning her own, “abuse at the hands of Q107 Toronto morning man John Derringer,” and making it clear management has known about the problem with Derringer for years.

“So if John Derringer is on the air tomorrow morning on Q107 Toronto, they will have some major explaining to do because the revelations of this weekend will not have come as a surprise to anyone.” she posted.

“Your move Corus!”

Former Derringer co-worker Andrea Rooz posted on Twitter, “I told everyone I could about my experiences with JD and every single person was outraged that someone could get away with treating another human being in the way I was treated. I can’t imagine even speaking to a dog the way he spoke to me …”

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Asked for comment, a Q107 spokesperson sent this statement:

“We are aware that Ms. Valentyne has voiced concerns about her time in the broadcasting industry, including from her time with us.

“Any concerns involving employee experience are of the utmost importance to us.

“A few years ago, Ms. Valentyne expressed certain concerns, and we took immediate action to review at that time. There is also a process underway with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. We have had mediated conversations with her, been responsive to proceedings, and we are waiting determination of next steps.

“We take these matters seriously and look forward to a resolution.”

By Tuesday, the Q107 statement was amended to state that new information had been received about workplace concerns at the station.

“We have referred these to our ethics and conduct team and have retained Rachel Turnpenney from Turnpenney Milne LLP to conduct an external investigation. Effective immediately, the show, Derringer in the Morning, will be on hiatus pending the conclusion of the investigation.”

Derringer has been the morning guy on Q107 for 21 years, and in November, did his 5,000th show.

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A gender discrimination complaint filed with the Canadian Human Rights Commission by former Q107 co-host Jennifer Valentyne has led to the suspension of the Derringer In The Morning show.

Corus Entertainment suspended the program Tuesday over complaints that came to light in the wake of a recent video posted on Twitter by Valentyne this past weekend.

The video opened the floodgates of negative comments about well-known radio personality John Derringer from many male and female colleagues.

Valentyne never names him in the video.

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Article content

It’s Time

There is never a wrong time to do the right thing. Thank you for listening

Posted by Jennifer Valentyne on Saturday, May 21, 2022

Her video, titled, “It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing,” addresses the bullying and gender inequity she’s taken over the years in the oh-so-glamorous world of media.

She had a particularly rough ride in radio.

Some of the insults that came her way include comments on her appearance, her age and even her pregnancies.

She sat and took it for years because she needed her job, and as she says in the video, women who spoke up were often fired.

We apologize, but this video has failed to load.

Valentyne is best known for her 23 years on Breakfast Television with CITY-TV.

She later became co-host on Derringer In The Morning on Q107, from 2017-19.

According to what Valentyne posted, complaining about co-workers vaping in the radio studio at Q-107 helped get her bounced down to a job she didn’t want as a co-anchor with Global News Toronto.

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Since she’d been told years prior at Global that the boss didn’t consider her a serious enough journalist, Valentyne says she was pretty sure she was being moved, so they could fire her.

Media personality Jennifer Valentyne
Media personality Jennifer Valentyne Photo by Instagram /Toronto Sun

And that’s exactly what happened.

While Valentyne doesn’t name names, the public arena that is Twitter wasted no time in identifying her tormentor at Q107 as John Derringer.

Derringer had not responded to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, many other women (and men) in media have showed their support to Valentyne on social media.

We apologize, but this video has failed to load.

Toronto Mike (torontomike.com) wrote about the allegations against Derringer Sunday, quoting former Q107 radio personality Jacqui Delaney, who said, “Working with John Derringer was one of the things that lent itself to my leaving radio altogether,” and calling it the worst experience she had in radio.

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Delaney posted on her Facebook page, mentioning her own, “abuse at the hands of Q107 Toronto morning man John Derringer,” and making it clear management has known about the problem with Derringer for years.

“So if John Derringer is on the air tomorrow morning on Q107 Toronto, they will have some major explaining to do because the revelations of this weekend will not have come as a surprise to anyone.” she posted.

“Your move Corus!”

Former Derringer co-worker Andrea Rooz posted on Twitter, “I told everyone I could about my experiences with JD and every single person was outraged that someone could get away with treating another human being in the way I was treated. I can’t imagine even speaking to a dog the way he spoke to me …”

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We apologize, but this video has failed to load.

Asked for comment, a Q107 spokesperson sent this statement:

“We are aware that Ms. Valentyne has voiced concerns about her time in the broadcasting industry, including from her time with us.

“Any concerns involving employee experience are of the utmost importance to us.

“A few years ago, Ms. Valentyne expressed certain concerns, and we took immediate action to review at that time. There is also a process underway with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. We have had mediated conversations with her, been responsive to proceedings, and we are waiting determination of next steps.

“We take these matters seriously and look forward to a resolution.”

By Tuesday, the Q107 statement was amended to state that new information had been received about workplace concerns at the station.

“We have referred these to our ethics and conduct team and have retained Rachel Turnpenney from Turnpenney Milne LLP to conduct an external investigation. Effective immediately, the show, Derringer in the Morning, will be on hiatus pending the conclusion of the investigation.”

Derringer has been the morning guy on Q107 for 21 years, and in November, did his 5,000th show.

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Comments

Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.

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