Ebony Steele, co-host of Reach Media’s The Rickey Smiley Show for the past seven years, has been removed from the top-rated syndicated radio morning show. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that she will be replaced by actress and model Claudia Jordan. Steele, who provided a female counter balance to the male dominated morning show, had been absent from the show as well as “Dish Nation” without any explanation.
In a Facebook post, Steele made it official, saying, “I will be leaving The Rickey Smiley Morning Show as of today. I feel so blessed to have been part of such a special family for 7 great years and have so enjoyed radio, TV, and my association with Reach Media, and Radio One.” Steele’s next move may not be too far away from Reach Media, as she posted, “I’m going to do something that I have always wanted to do and it involves expanding my entrepreneurial interests….” She added, “It’s equally exciting that I am likely going to be able to pursue my dreams right within the same radio family… It is my vision that my new endeavors will allow me continued contact with you, my loyal fans… Stay tuned and stay in touch.”
Rickey Smiley commenting on the change said, “After 7 years with The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, our girl Ebony Steele is moving on. We’ll miss her wit, charm and funny personality, and we thank her so much for everything she brought to the show. She will always be part of my radio family.”