A Kevin and Bean Glossary

Jerry Lewis calls the President of France

Posted in Jerry Lewis, Legal trouble, Ralph by Aaron Burr on March 9, 2007

In March 2003, the show caused international controversy when Ralph made a crank phone call to the office of French president Jacques Chirac while posing as Jerry Lewis. All were surprised when Chirac picked up the phone and began talking to “Jerry”. Lewis’s lawyers were quick to threaten with lawsuits and the bit has rarely been spoken of since. Though they appear to be under orders not to speak of the matter, Kevin and Bean have made oblique suggestions that Lewis “blackmailed” Kevin and Bean into making a contribution to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the beneficiary of Lewis’ annual Labor Day telethon.

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Michael the Maintenance Man

Posted in Former staff, Legal trouble, Michael the Maintenance Man by Aaron Burr on March 9, 2007

Michael Burton, an actual maintenance man in the building where KROQ had its studios, he came to be an active member of the show, performing man-on-the-street interviews and making public appearances. In the fall of 1995, Burton left the show and filed a wrongful-termination suit charging the station along with Kevin and Bean with racial and religious discrimination. The suit was settled in late 1996.

Unsolved Mysteries

Posted in Legal trouble, Unsolved Mysteries by Aaron Burr on March 9, 2007

On June 13, 1990, the show aired a segment called “Confess Your Crime”, which included a bogus phone call from fellow DJ Doug “The Slug” Roberts as an anonymous listener claiming to have committed murder. The parents of a missing woman believed the fictional caller to be responsible for their daughter’s death leading to a investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and coverage in an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. When the truth was revealed, the station was fined by the FCC, billed for the costs of the investigation by the LASD, and sued by the distraught parents. KROQ suspended Kevin, Bean and Roberts for five days without pay, directed each of them to perform 149 hours of community service, and forced them to pay the Sheriff’s bill out of their pockets. The event also became the inspiration behind the movie “Power 98” (1996) starring Eric Roberts.

Though Kevin and Bean don’t talk specifically talk about this incident, clips from their on-air apology (“Everybody’s trying to get ratings”, “There are lines you just don’t cross”), as well as from Unsolved Mysteries host Robert Stack, are occassionally played.