Thomas -- who admits being a "huge Saints fan" who doesn't like Atlanta -- believes 790 the Zone's management overreacted to "a bad joke." He noted that TV shows such as "Family Guy" have repeatedly featured caricatures of Steven Hawking, who also has ALS and uses a synthetic voice, in its shows with no equivalent uproar.
The Atlanta saga would have ended better if the fired radio hosts, after being suspended for some time, had returned to talk about ALS with Gleason and raised money for the cause, said Thomas.
"That was a dumb thing to say, but no one is yelling for them to get fired," Thomas told CNN. "... It 's a terrible thing, a stupid thing. But yeah, you make mistakes."