Opie & Anthony fans press Sirius to give back shock jock's job

Anthony Cumia speaks at SiriusXM's O&A20: Unmasked With

Anthony Cumia speaks at SiriusXM's O&A20: Unmasked With Opie & Anthony Special Celebrates 20 Years Of Opie & Anthony at Carolines On Broadway on April 17, 2014 in New York City. Photo Credit: Getty Images for SiriusXM/Cindy Ord

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Fans of a shock jock fired last week for a racially charged and sexist rant on Twitter will petition and protest to get him back on the air.

Anthony Cumia, who was a co-host on Opie & Anthony with Gregg "Opie" Hughes, was canned by his broadcaster SiriusXM on Thursday after he complained about a woman who allegedly struck him while he took photographs in Times Square.

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Sirius on Friday called his online tirade "hate-filled" and "abhorrent."

Dedicated fans of the show sprang into action with a petition on Change.org calling on Sirius to reinstate Cumia or face a boycott.

The petition had about 8,000 signatures as of Sunday..

Meanwhile, a fan, George Stewart, a 20-year-old college student from Connecticut and aspiring comedian, is organizing a protest outside of Sirius' midtown headquarters Monday at 8 a.m.

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Stewart said in an email that while he understands Sirius' right to let Cumia go over his remarks, "firing Anthony is gonna cost them a lot of subscribers, and a lot of money, and that's what we want them to know."

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