"I am a bit of an ass and in fact purchased a Nautilus machine to enhance that part. I lack empathy, and I'm cold-blooded but I'm here to tell you I treat people the way they should be treated."
He says a conversation reported by BlatherWatch "never happened, never would have happened."
We reported in passing that Suits had been heard to say that he told KIRO Program Director Rod Arquette, "I want to shake the hand of the guy who put the no.1 station in Seattle in the toilet."
"None of that occurred. Everybody in the KIRO newsroom were witness. I didn't even stick my head in Rod's office to say hello I haven't talked to him since 2001."
Suits was in town last week, visited Eastlake, then went across the street for a beer with his old friend and Dori Monson producer Phil Vandervort.
Vandervort is not, never has been, a source for us. We feel confident in saying that Phil would sooner blow a goat than speak with us, and even though that hurts our feelings, we don't want Phil's many professional friendships harmed by the vile apocrypha that he'd even answer our email. (Phil, we'll say it again: the door's always open).
(Photo: Phil Vandervort dates Lucie Arnaz)
Bryan suspects our source might have made an embellishment or an embellishment of an embellishment. He denies he's trying to set the record straight because his agent is trying to shop syndication of his Sunday (5-7p) show.
He says that to be so insulting to somebody would be "phenomenally out of my character- whether or not they could do me any good- I don't talk like that to interns."
He's not happy about what's happened at KIRO after their flip to FM, and the spectacular dive in the ratings so vividly charted by the PPMs. "It breaks my heart."
If he's a bit of an ass, Bryan Suits is now kicking ass. Suits was fired from KVI in 2008, and almost immediately grabbed by LA programming diva Robin Bertolucci who partnered him with ex-MTV personality Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (stage name Kennedy) and put them evenings in the huge LA market where they have thriven.
Radio biz being the radio biz, he's learned you don't need to get too wacked-out when you get fired. "You pack your shit, you get out, and go."
Easy for him to say after his Cinderella radio story: "I walked out, and on the way home Robin Bertolucci called. I know every single day I'm the luckeiest fucker in radio."