Todd "M.J." Schnitt takes the stand in defamation case - WFLA News Channel 8

Todd "M.J." Schnitt takes the stand in defamation case

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Todd "M.J." Schnitt took the stand Tuesday afternoon in his defamation lawsuit against rival radio personality, Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.

Schnitt has accused Clem of making defamatory comments about him and his wife, Michelle Schnitt, a former Assistant State Attorney.

On the stand, Schnitt testified that he started getting negative emails after Bubba returned to Tampa Bay airwaves in 2008.

"I started getting many, many emails and phone calls at the station and encounters in public that were angry and vulgar," said Schnitt.

Several of those emails were read in court.

"I was in Tampa listening and I find you and your to be hacks. Bubba is back and he is stepping all over you," read one email.

Another state, "M.J., your show sucks. I hope Bubba puts you under and out of town."

Schnitt has said Clem took the radio ratings war too far, attacking both him and his wife. The jurors heard several clips from Clem's show, during which he encouraged his listeners, or Bubba's Army members, to heckle Schnitt during a parade.

Schnitt testified that he and managers at Clearchannel Radio agreed he would not respond to Bubba's comments on his radio show on 93.3 WFLZ.

"We were not going to respond on air to give Mr. Clem further ammunition to attack me and my wife," testified Schnitt.

Earlier in the day, jurors heard testimony from Clem's executive producer and show member, Brent Hatley. He said the radio war between Bubba and M.J. was nothing personal, calling Schnitt's on-air persona a character.

"M.J. Kelli is not a real person. It's a character. Just like Arnold Schwarzenegger is not the Terminator," said Hatley.

Hatley said he didn't think Michelle Schnitt suffered harm by what Clem said about her on the air.

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