NJ 101.5 hosts suspended for slur against AG Grewal return to air

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The hosts of a popular New Jersey radio show suspended for calling the nation's first Sikh attorney general "turban man" are back on the air.

New Jersey 101.5 WKXW-FM hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco returned to the air Monday after a 10-day suspension.

Malloy and Franco earlier issued a written apology to Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the Sikh and East Asian communities, writing they were "deeply sorry" for the pain they caused.

The station also apologized and suspended the pair without pay.

The longtime hosts of the "Dennis & Judi" show uttered the slur on a show last month while talking about Grewal's directive to prosecutors to temporarily suspend marijuana prosecutions.

The comments drew criticism from many around the state, including Gov. Phil Murphy, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, who is also Sikh, and the New Jersey chapter of the ACLU. 

Grewal, who wears a turban and full beard, called on Twitter for an end to "small-minded intolerance."

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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